Salvador de Caires joined Lucy, Allison, and I on Day 4 as we ventured by boat to Yupakari Village which is in the North Rupununi region of southern Guyana and about a 30 minute journey from Karanambu Trust and Lodge. While traversing through this terrain one is surely watched by any number of these fascinating animals: Giant River Otter, Black Caiman, Arapaima, jaguar, Giant Anteater, capybara, ocelot, margay, Howler and Capuchin monkeys, tapir, deer, peccaries, fox, frogs, toads, lizards, tortoises, snakes, birds, and insects.
One of Karanambu Trust and Lodge neighbors and partners who together work on land use schemes is Yupakari Village. Here they offer eco-tourism and a learning center called the Caiman House. I was so impressed with Caiman House and the librarians running it. Books, computers, and classroom are intact and used by the village children.
Fernando Li is the manager of the ‘Rupununi Learners’. After he so kindly got us situated on the top floor – it felt like we were in a fun treehouse – we began working with a group of boys and girls.
Our focus was on Giant River Otters which the children refer to as ‘river dogs’. Lucy and Allison added to our discussion and moved about the room sharing photographs from Lucy’s previous trips to Karanambu. We used watercolors to paint a proportionally correct otter and illustrate a scene which included one or more river dogs. Thanks again to artist Amy Harris for her proportional drawings she did for us before the trip!
At some point during the lively exercise, Lucy, Allison, and I all asked ourselves, “Where are you Eric, Eusebe, Valerie, Innocent, Olivier? We need your help!” Our Rwanda team was sorely missed!
I loved our afternoon at Caiman House and want to thank Fernando and his colleagues for making it such a special time. Keep up the great work!
Please enjoy Lucy’s Giant River Otter photos below.
Please join us at our Exhibition & Fundraiser on November 22nd, 2013. For more information, please click here. Thanks.