Prime Minister, Brigadier (ret’d) Mark Phillips on the 21st of January, 2021 hailed Captain Michael Charles M.S, as a pioneer in showcasing Guyana’s tourism product to the rest of the world. The PM delivered the keynote address at the launch of Charles’s latest video, the “Sounds and Colours of the Rainforest,” which is the fourth video in a captivating series titled “Guyana -Yours to Discover,” that explores Guyana as an eco-tourism destination.
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We are living in a era of increased natural resource discovery in Guyana…from oil and gas to gold…we hope these resources will create a brighter future for ALL Guyanese, but there is another great natural resource which we would like to tell you about that is yet to be discovered and exploited in Guyana – the Acai Berry.
It’s not everyday that you get bitten by a rattle snake. It’s a once in a lifetime experience. It pays to learn from the experiences of others. In this case, Mr. Guy Fredericks is willing to teach you. What happens if you are bitten by a rattle snake? What steps should you take to protect yourself if you are venturing out into the habitat of these venomous creatures? In February, 2021, Mr. Fredericks was bitten by a rattle snake in his village, Nappi, in Central Rupununi. This is his story.
A tornado is a funnel of rapidly spinning air, or, in other words, we can say that a tornado is a violently rotating column of air. Tornadoes form during thunderstorms when warm, humid air collides with cold, dry air. Sometimes, a tornado may not reach the ground, and form instead a funnel cloud. If you see a funnel cloud, know that you run potentially near to the way of an impending tornado.
The clay brick industry in Guyana by no means derives its merits from boycotting Trinidadian industries, nor does it seek to blow cement and cement blocks completely out of the water. But what it will do though, is give the cement block a good run for its money on the basis of the superiority of clay bricks over cement blocks, and the fact that producing them locally will strengthen Guyana’s economy.
In October 2021, we published an article about Guyana’s first recorded tornado. In light of this event which may very well be the result of climate change, we’ve decided to publish this article about Guyana’s first recorded funnel cloud – because funnel clouds are closely related to tornadoes.
In an unprecedented, revolutionary move, two Guyanese doctors have teamed up to offer free phone and WhatsApp consultation for people who may need medical advice but may be unable or hesitant to visit the hospital.
In an interview with this publication on the 23rd of November, 2021, former volunteer pilot in Guyana, Doug Spencer, said he believes that the fact that he refused to renew his contract with RAM in 2019 might have been a contributing factor to the decline in operations in Guyana. In 2021, RAM sold all its planes in Guyana and stopped all airborne activities in Guyana.
The Guyana Police has been on a rampage over the decades in the history of post-colonial Guyana destroying cannabis farms across the country. While the fight against narcotics and drug abuse is a noble one, the destruction of cannabis farms is largely uncalled for.
A young Guyanese woman who somehow ended up being trapped in a refugee camp in Syria has reached out this publication for help in raising awareness of her situation with the aim of engaging the government of Guyana and/or any influential Guyanese who is able and willing to help her to return home to Guyana.
Providing turnkey homes with available financing is not the only action the government is taking to put better roofs over the heads of citizens. President Ali announced on the 22nd of July, 2022 that his government will give massive support to persons building their own homes. This includes financial support through local banks and free construction material.
The Cyril Potter College of Education is doing the Associate Degree in Education today along with the programme I graduated from in 2006. You show this document to NY State Dept of Education and it means nothing to enter the system here. It’s as cheap as the paper the college gives you.
The Guyana Dollar presently stands at about 210 Guyana dollars to 1 US dollar, but all of that is about to change. With increasing oil exports, the strength of the Guyana dollar is expected to climb against the US dollar. Assuming that the economy is managed well, the Guyana dollar has the potential of becoming stronger than the US dollar in less than 10 years.
Residents of Region 6, Guyana, South America have reported observing a strange phenomenon in the skies on the evening of 5th of March, 2022. Although some persons speculated that it might have been the effects of a light beam or something similar used to create effects at shows and parties, the appearance was notably different from what is usually observed from artificial light effects used by humans.
A video demonstrating how a “Roti Making Machine” simplifies the task of making roti has gone viral on Facebook. Everyone is asking, “where can I get one?”
On the evening of March 5th, 2022, hundreds of residents across a 100-mile radius in Regions 5 and 6 of Guyana, South America reported seeing strange light objects in the skies. Although it was difficult to gauge the size of the objects, they appeared to be just about a meter in length, and they were circling like fish swimming closely behind each other. There were three or four light objects moving in a circular motion closely behind each other.
The oil reserves per capita then, gives an idea of the impact the oil wealth is likely to have on the lives of the people of that country. If the country has a small population and large oil reserve, then the oil reserve “per capita” will be high, and the oil wealth will have the potential to more strongly impact the lives of the citizens.
Cricket is the national game of Guyana, but unfortunately, the residents of Region 9 have been missing out a lot on the cricket culture. This publication understands that there were cricket clubs in Lethem, Annai, and Aishalton in the 1970s, but it has been decades since they went out of operation.
In an effort to keep you more informed about everything that’s happening in Guyana, we’re expanding and improving our Social Media presence. In this context, we’ve recently launched a Twitter Page for the first time where we’ll be tweeting updates about everything Guyana.
You cannot stop this powerful transformation taking place around the world right before your eyes. Truth be told, this is just the beginning of the age of digital journalism.
Publishing a book is no ordinary task, but being published by Pearson, the world’s largest and most recognized publisher of IT books and learning solutions, is a task for the elite.
UK travel writer, Steph Dyson, wrote an article about Guyana calling it a place of mystery and intrigue, and says that, from a tourism perspective, this hidden gem “has no comparison.”
A resident sent in photos of a funnel cloud which appeared on the 23rd of May, 2022 over the landmass of Black Bush Polder, Region 6, Guyana, South America. Below are the pictures of the funnel cloud which occurred over Black Bush Polder.
Police have a difficult task: contending with bandits, murderers, thieves, and lawbreakers and troublemakers in general. Consequently, they are trained to be tough, to handle offensive weapons, and to survive under dangerous circumstances. In light of this, the general civilian population whom the police are paid to protect and serve must offer a high level of cooperation to the police. If the police are completely stripped of the respect which the uniform should naturally carry, then there will be an inevitable breakdown of law and order in the country.
Funnel clouds are powerfully and violently rotating columns of air which may turn into tornadoes if they touch the ground. It turns out that the funnel cloud did touch the ground and turn into a tornado on the 22nd of May, 2022. However, we only received this update yesterday, 24th of May, 2022.
So my people, it is with a heavy heart that I learnt that the National Library on Monday (23rd of May, 2022) canceled its permission to the Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham Foundation to host the Foundation’s Commemorative Exhibition celebrating the life of Forbes Burnham and in particular his contributions to our independence struggle and securing our independence.
Fadia Reyolds lost her then 31-year-old son, Uriel Orlando Reynolds, in a tragic accident along the Soesdyke-Linden Highway on the fateful evening of Tuesday, January 12, 2021. It was a tragedy that would change her life in ways she never imagined possible. Fadia’s relationship with her beloved son was an exemplary one – a reality which accentuated the pain of his loss. This is her story….
Living conditions in the country of Syria are difficult even for ordinary Syrian nationals – who regularly flee the country seeking refuge on foreign shores. You can imagine then how much more difficult it will be for foreign nationals living in refugee camps of that country – whose lives are in constant danger every day. The living conditions of the Syrian refugee camps such as Al Roj in northern Syria can be described as “inhumane,” and the faster we empty those refugee camps, the better it will be for Syria and the world.
Stories of paranormal activities such as suspected demonic attacks are not uncommon in Region 9 and have been going on for years, perhaps decades. The stories are prolific in boarding schools where students live in dorms. Numerous persons have reported that the students of these schools, especially those who live in the dorms, regularly come under what they believe are demonic attacks.
On Wednesday, 8th of June, 2022, during the registration period at around 8 am, a group of female students of Aishalton Secondary in the Deep South Rupununi started to scream in a frightening manner. At first, the students in the other rooms thought it was some sort of classroom activity, but then a number of girls from forms 1, 2, and 3 ran out of their classroom and started to scream and shout something to the effect that someone is coming for them. They started to jump over walls and fences, and roll on the ground. There were screams all over the school compound.
Speaking to the founder of the Humanitarian Mission Guyana, Mr. Suresh Sugrim, a few days ago, he outlined some of the challenges he was facing in keeping the organization alive. He explained that he is considering closing down the organization because of these many challenges. Frankly speaking, that would be a great loss for the country of Guyana and its people.
A young Guyanese entrepreneur, Sheriza Mohamed, has launched a Canadian based health and beauty company which markets a revolutionary medical product that has been approved by the FDA for treatment of numerous diseases.
Jennifer Lawrence, a US citizen who has migrated to and been living in the Central Rupununi Savannahs for several years, sees a need for more computer and internet literacy that will help to develop hinterland communities. Her dream is to set up a computer training facility to teach her fellow villagers how they can harness the power of the internet to promote their tourism products, sell craft, research, and so much more.
This comes as no surprise. An international travel magazine has listed the Kaieteur Falls in Region 8, Guyana, South America amongst the world’s most amazing or “breathtaking” waterfalls.
According to Mr. Willham Cornelius, his mother had traveled to Guyana in the 1980s for medical studies during which she got into a relationship with his father that led to his conception. However, after his mother returned to Namibia, she lost contact with Willham’s father.
Guyanese born Leland Shepherd has been promoted to the rank of Brigadier General of the Arkansas Army National Guard in the USA. The momentous occasion marks the first black army officer to command the Arkansas Army National Guard.
Currently, just 40% of Suriname’s offshore oil blocks have been licensed, some 32 million acres, leaving over 60% untouched and ripe with potential. Staatsolie’s Vice President of Offshore, Glenn Corrie, said that by the end of 2022, the 60% of unexplored offshore acreage will be up for grabs, and Suriname is looking to get good fiscal terms for the development of its oil and gas resources.
Guyana Defense Force’s Captain Kaya Dover on 26th of June, 2022, made history by being the first men to swim across the Essequibo River, a distance of about 3 miles, in complete military uniform. Dover pulled off the daring stunt with his military uniform, including boots, which put an extra six pounds on his body and greatly increased the drag created by the water caught inside his uniform.
The actions of two Guyanese men on a dangerous cliff of a waterfall in Region 7, Guyana, South America, has caught the world’s attention. The video, which was first posted in 2018 by Leon Mendonca, and reposted by the Guyana, South America Facebook Page in 2022, was viewed by more 800,000 people so far, and it is going viral.
Guyana’s National Flower, the Victoria Amazonica, has lost its record as the world’s largest water lily. Up to July, 2022, the Victoria Amazonica had boasted the title of the world’s largest water lily. However, a new water lily, called the Victoria Boliviana, has blown the Victoria Amazonica out the water and taken its spot as the world’s largest water lily.
A ten-year-old indigenous girl has written a poem highlighting a worrying social issue. The poem is so profound, insightful, inspiring, and beautifully written that the reader has a hard time believing it was written by a ten-year-old.
During a State House event in July, 2022, President Ali boasted about the immense benefits that the Government’s Gas to Energy Project will bring to the citizens of Guyana, South America. The President explained how the Gas to Energy Project will reduce cost of living for citizens of Guyana, saving them collectively an estimated GY$27 billion annually which can be used for other commodities or savings.
Guyana’s First Lady, Arya Ali, was on the 12th of July, 2022 presented with a portrait of herself created by Guyanese artist, Compton Babb. The announcement was made by the First Lady via her Facebook Page. Mrs. Ali called the portrait “a captivating and truly amazing piece of artistic work.” And she referred to the artist, Compton Babb, as “one of our finest creatives.”
A prominent Guyanese citizen, Mr. Frank Satnarine, described a harrowing experience of being robbed at gunpoint in the capital city of Georgetown on the evening of Saturday, 23rd of July, 2022 at around 10:30 PM. These types of gunpoint robberies, perpetuated by youths on bicycles, are unfortunately not uncommon in Guyana, but are poorly reported upon, and even more poorly addressed by the Guyana Police Force. Guyanese, and foreigners visiting Guyana, are left at the mercy of these robbers who carry out their attacks as though it were a full time job, both in the day and night.
The Caribbean Court of Justice, Guyana’s final appellate court, has, on the 19th of August, 2022, lost credibility as an independent and impartial instrument of justice when Justice Denys Barrow sent murder convict, Jarvis Small, walking out of the courtroom a free man.
The archaic 100 windows house located at No. 19 village is a relic of colonial rule in Guyana, South America. The gigantic structure has been there for perhaps a century, and needless to say, has fascinated the general Guyanese population. Often, travelers and vacationers have stopped to take photos from the road, but many have ventured beyond the gates into the private property to have a close-up view and take more pictures.
One Guyana Dollar is currently valued at around 210 US dollars. Guyana’s currency is weak because of numerous factors, but one of the most influential of those factors is the low GDP that the country produced over the last several decades. However, Guyana’s financial windfall from oil revenues now enables it to have a much stronger currency.
A Guyanese man who left Guyana to work in construction in neighboring Trinidad has reached out to this publication for help in returning and resettling in Guyana now that he has hit rock bottom. The man explained to this publication that he left Guyana in the year 2017 to do construction work in Trinidad. However, of recently, he started experiencing financial difficulties as he is not getting work as before.
A Guyanese resident of Mon Repos Village, Region 4, Guyana, South America has captured a very unusual and mysterious phenomenon with the sun as seen from above his home in Guyana. Mr. Khemraj Khelawan related to this publication that he was fixing his antenna on the 1st of October, 2022, at around 12:00 noon when he noticed something unusual with the overhead sun. Khelawan said he saw what looked like a ball of fire coming out of the sun, making a half-circle around the sun and then giving off a flare.
A heartwarming video showing President Ali’s son interacting with another kid at a Quick Serv location in Georgetown has gone viral and touched the hearts of countless people. The video, posted below, shows President Ali’s son feeding ice cream to a little girl, who is complete stranger to him, in the presence of her parents. Many people have lauded the anecdote as promoting love and unity amongst Guyanese people.
Tails of Hope is an animal shelter and animal rights group operating in Guyana. Tails of Hope is committed to promoting animal health care awareness, offering professional advice, educational tools, rescue aids, and housing to protect animals and to prevent animal cruelty. As we all know, fireworks are not especially friendly to dogs and other animals. In the interest of animals everywhere, the organization has issued a friendly message to all Guyanese of the hazards of fireworks, including its damaging effects on animals.
Earlier this year (January, 2022), we had written a story about a Guyanese woman who is trapped in a Syrian Refugee camp with her two children, and who is appealing to the government of Guyana to repatriate her. However, despite being aware of the situation, the government has done little to help. Calls to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by this publication have been met with the Royal Push Around.
On the 17th of September, 2022, residents of Region 7, Guyana, South America reported that ice rained down from the skies over an extensive area across the Region. A resident of Kamarang, Veronica Clement, pulled out her mobile phone and made a video showing the ice pellets falling near to her home. You can see this and other videos of the hailstorm here.
On September, 17th, 2022, ice rained down from the skies of Guyana over Kamarang Village in Region 7, Guyana, South America. The phenomenon is known as a hailstorm, and while it is indeed a rare one, it is not the only time this happened. There have been several reports of hailstorms in Guyana over the years, most of which came from Regions 7 and 9.
Reticia Henry was born with a special gift – the gift of representing the beauty of nature on canvas, and she hopes to one day share her gift with aspiring students, as well as sell her outstanding works of art – some examples of which you will see here on this page.
His Excellency Dr Irfaan Ali said that the ‘Men on Mission’ initiative is a movement aimed at impressing upon men the importance of responsibility, being role models, and demonstrating a collective will to shoulder a progressive system to support Guyana’s developing society.
This morning, President Irfaan Ali handed over to 85-year-old Meena Bafan, the keys to her newly rebuilt home at Herstelling East Bank Demerara. The home was rebuilt by the Men on Mission (MoM) after the President saw its state during an outreach in late November. Men on Mission is a brainchild of President Irfaan Ali that engages Guyanese men in productive tasks across the country that helps the less fortunate.
The Cuffy Statue, also called the 1763 Monument, is a national monument of Guyana that was erected in honor of rebel slave “Cuffy.” Variations of the spelling include Coffy, Kofi, and Koffi. The location where the monument has been erected is called “The Square of the Revolution.”
Diwali, also called Deepavali, is one of the biggest and most auspicious festivals celebrated by Hindus in Guyana and around the world. The five-day long festival starts with Dhanteras and culminates with Bhai Dooj. Diwali marks the start of the Hindu New Year. The date of Diwali, which is determined by the position of the moon, changes each year, but usually falls somewhere between October and November.
In Guyana, South America, Phagwah is known as the festival of colors. Although of East Indian and Hindu origin, the celebration of Phagwah in Guyana is a national holiday which is celebrated by Guyanese of all races, classes, and religions. During the morning, buckets of water are used to drench one another, while in the afternoon, colored powders are dabbed and sprinkled on friends, and colored water is sprayed using a “water gun.”
Guyanese celebrate fifteen national holidays each year. Of these, 9 are religious holidays attributed to one of the three major religions (Hinduism, Christianity, and Islam) while 6 are non-religious.
There was an alleged shooting incident which occurred at the State House (southern guard hut) on Carmichael Street at about 07:30 hrs this morning (Thursday 15th December, 2022). Investigation revealed that on the date and time mentioned, a security detail was on duty at south eastern guard hut adjacent to Carmichael Street when a male of mixed race ethnicity confronted the security stating: “I want the President.”
A man allegedly made an attempt at President Ali’s life this morning, Thursday, 15th of December, 2022. He reportedly fired several shots towards the President’s House after stabbing a security detail and retrieving his gun. In this video, the shooter is being arrested. Apparently, he was hit by police fire.
Navin Hansraj is the holder of many titles. A Computer Engineer by profession, he is also an entrepreneur, a humanitarian, a dedicated father & husband, a young leader, the CEO and founder of MMH Enterprise & Maya Fitness, a Rotarian, and the founder of Team Maya: a Non-Governmental Organization that provides a variety of services including a feeding program, clothing, and book drives to the community.
From ever since he knew himself, Tauseef had a passion for singing, and he explains that this passion was greatly helped and encouraged by his uncle, Akbar Khan, who opened a music shop in the same village within close proximity to his home when the lad was just 7 or 8 years old. Tauseef seized the opportunity to go over often to his uncle’s music shop and listen to music as well as hone his singing skills through practice. He related that his uncle, Akbar Khan, who is also an excellent singer, was very supportive of his dream of becoming a professional singer, and helped him to become a better singer.
The murder of Shonette Dover will go down as one of the most brutal, heinous, and cold-blooded murders ever committed on a Guyanese citizen by someone she once loved and trusted. Whether the younger sister of the victim was criminally involved in the killing is disputable, but the pieces of evidence presented against the former boyfriend point to a well-planned, cold blooded, and premeditated murder.
He started painting when he was twelve years old. During his 7-year and counting painting career, the ambitious youth faced many stumbling blocks. For example, he has never earned enough money to purchase his own art materials. However, the determined lad made use of exercise books and other available material in expressing his artistic desires.
Ryan Huckumchand has a talent for singing as much as he has a passion for his Christian faith – and in this context, he plans to take worship music to a whole new level with an emerging genre called “Soca Gospel.” Soca Gospel incorporates some of our local Caribbean linguistic styles into songs of worship as you can see from Ryan’s professionally produced music video “Kinda Way.”
Guyana is a powerhouse of talent, and in this article, we’re going to highlight one who is off to an early start. Meet Kuwanau Roberts, the five-year-old who does wonders with a brush and a canvas.
Jim Jones, founder of the People’s Temple of the United States and later the Jonestown ‘subcolony” in Guyana, South America, believed in a system of government referred to as “communism,” “socialism,” or “marxism.”
During the 1970s, when racial tensions were high between whites and blacks of the United States, Jim Jones promised his followers something that portrayed him as a champion of the oppressed: racial and social equality. In this regard, The People’s Temple was made up of about 69% blacks, 25% whites, and 6% mixed races. Little did the followers know that Jim Jones meant them no good.
It is no secret that religion has been hijacked by evil men and women who twist scriptures to suit their own conveniences. These wolves in sheep clothing use religion to control, enslave, and extort others. And Jim Jones was certainly one of these. But as the bible reassures us, “surely they have their reward.”
The story of Jonestown which unfolded in the jungles of the Northwest Region of Guyana, South America is one of darkest stories of Guyana’s history – one that will forever stain the pages of Guyana’s history book, but one from which many life lessons can be learned.
Every year, the Rupununians hold a Rodeo show, and thousands of tourists flock from around the world to watch. But have you ever wondered how this all started? Here is the story.
For teacher’s day 2021 – October, 5th, we had the honor of featuring one of Guyana’s most outstanding veteran educators – a young man by the name of Kenrick Lewis who has touched the hearts of thousands of people and impacted countless lives throughout his 27-year long ongoing career. He is presently the Headmaster of St. Ignatius Secondary in Region 9, Guyana, South America.
The village of Hampshire, on the Corentyne coast of Berbice, Guyana, South America is bordered by the village of Belvedere to the West, the village of Williamsburg to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the north, and the sugar cane fields to the south.
The Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America is located in the county of Essequibo in Region 9. The entire Region 9 of Guyana is referred to as the Rupununi Savannahs. It includes the North, South, and Central Rupununi Savannahs. The Kanuku Mountain Range divides the North from the South Rupununi Savannahs.
Adventure Village is located along the Corentyne Highway in the county of Berbice in Region 6, Guyana, South America. It lies about halfway between New Amsterdam and Moleson Creek – which is the last village near to the Suriname Ferry Crossing.
I’ve previously published an article giving general, touristic, and business information on the Town of Lethem. Because people are often concerned with their safety when traveling from place to place, they often ask questions about criminal activities and violence in that area. For this reason, I’ve decided to create a non-exhaustive log of criminal activities and violence in Lethem that I’m aware of.
Are you planning a trip to Lethem and wondering where to stay? Here are your options.
The Takutu Hotel in Lethem, Rupununi Savannahs, Guyana, South America, is one of your finest choices when looking for accommodation in the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana. In fact, the Takutu Hotel is reputed to be the oldest hotel in the Rupununi – providing hospitality services since the 1960s.
When traveling to Lethem in the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America, the Kanuku Lodge Hotel in Lethem is one of your options if you’re looking for a place to spend the night – or a few nights, etc. The Kanuku Lodge Hotel is located along Lethem’s Main Commercial Road- right next to Frontier Pharmacy and opposite Reeaz Computer Store. Obliquely opposite is Macedo’s Gas Station.
Savannah Inn Hotel and Restaurant is located along Barrack Retreat – Lethem’s Main Commercial Road in Region 9, Guyana, South America. It is located obliquely opposite the Savannah Inn supermarket and the GDF military base, and next to Best Choice General Store and D&D Hardware.
The Rupununi Eco Hotel is located just a few meters away from Lethem’s commercial center. From the main commercial road, take the street which runs between the GRA building and China Star General Store and walk a few meters. Look left and you will see the Rupununi Eco Hotel.
The species of freshwater fish, Hoplias Aimara, is known in Guyana as the haimara or wolf fish. In other parts of the world, it is called anjumara, traira, trahira, manjuma, anjoemara, and wolf fish. The haimara is a freshwater fish which grows to more than 4 feet in length, but the average length is 3 feet. It weighs on average 88 lbs. The haimara is native to northern South American countries including Brazil, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, French Guiana, and Suriname. It is also found in the rivers of neighboring Trinidad and Tobago.
The tarpon may be described as a “euryhaline species” because it can survive in a wide variety of salinity and therefore lives in both the ocean and in fresh waters. The tarpon breeds mostly in the oceans in salt water. The females can lay up to 12 million eggs at once. They spawn their eggs between the months of March and July. Tarpons tend to swim upriver from the ocean and often inhabit rivers, creeks, tidal pools, and salt marshes. Some return to the ocean but others stay in freshwater locations.
The ocelot is a mammal native to the North, South, and Central Americas as well as the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Margarita. Ocelots are carnivores meaning they eat other animals. Since it prefers to hunt during the night, the ocelot is described as a nocturnal animal.
The giant river otter is only found South America, and Guyana is one of the countries in which it is found. Each giant river otter has a signature mark on its throat: the pattern at the bottom of the throat is different for each giant otter so you can tell one from the other. This helps scientists to keep track of the number of giant otters present in a particular location.
Leptophis ahaetulla, called Parrot Snake or Lora, is a venomous and dangerous serpent found in various parts of Guyana, especially the Rupununi Savannahs. The species is also found in many other countries across South and Central Americas.
The hydrolycus armatus, or payara, is a predatory fish that preys on smaller fishes. It uses its sharp fangs to impale preys. The payara can grow to up to 1 meter in length. The hydrolycus armatus is often confused with its smaller cousin which only grows up to 1.7 feet, the hydrolycus scomberoides, also called payara and vampire fish.
The peacock bass fish is colloquially called Luckanani by the people of Guyana, South America. It belongs to the genus cichia. In Brazil, the peacock bass is called tucanare, and the Spanish refer to it as pavon.
Guyana is known as the land of the giants, and the giant anteater, the world’s largest anteater, is one of the six or seven reasons why. The giant anteater goes by the scientific name Myrmecophaga tridactyla. It is a mammal which feeds on insects and has an average lifespan of 14 years. About two to three feet in height, the giant anteater weighs between 40 and 140 pounds. The giant anteater can reach as long as eight feet from the tip of its snout to the end of its tail.
The electric eel is living proof of a fact we all know: that God invented electricity long before humans discovered it. The electric eel is a natural marvel which produces electricity through bodily functions. It can electrocute other animals, but is never affected by the electrical shocks it delivers.
The flower of Victoria Amazonica, previously called the Victoria Regia, and also known as the Giant Water Lily is Guyana’s National Flower. Victoria Amazonica is the world’s second largest water lily with its leaves measuring a whooping 10 feet in diameter floating on the surface of the water. The stalk of the Victoria Amazonica extends as much as 26 feet (8 meters) below the surface of the water. The flower of the Victoria Amazonica, which it bears almost every week during the summer months, is also the largest flower in the world. The flower of the Victoria Amazonica stays in blossom for just two to three days – long enough to facilitate pollination.
The green anaconda is a species of reptiles found throughout South America including Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, and Brazil. The species is especially prolific in the northern part of Brazil. In Guyana, the Green Anaconda was spotted by photographer Keanu Thomas in the wetlands of the Essequibo Coast where these photos were taken.
Region 6, also known as the East Berbice – Corentyne Region, is one of Guyana’s ten Administrative Regions. Region 6 is bordered by Suriname to the East, the Atlantic Ocean to the North, Brazil to the South, and Regions 5, 8, 9, and 10 to the West. Most of the ancient county of Berbice is located in Region 6.
Region 4, also called the Demerara-Mahaica Region, is a region of Guyana bordering the Atlantic Ocean to the north, the Mahaica-Berbice Region (Region 5) to the east, the Upper Demerara-Berbice Region (Region 10) to the south, and the Essequibo Islands – West Demerara Region (Region 3) to the west.
The Iworkrama Forest Reserve consists of 31,700 hectares of tropical rainforest in Guyana, South America. The Iwokrama Forest Reserve is managed by the Iwokrama International Center for Rainforest Conservation and Development.
Region 7, also called the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region, is one of Guyana’s ten administrative regions. It is bordered by Venezuela to the east and the Essequibo River to the west. Covering an area of 18,400 square miles or 47,650 square kilometers, the Cuyuni-Mazaruni Region is bigger than the Netherlands.
My husband, Harvey, and I used to live on a ranch in the North Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America, where there was a 10-mile stretch of grazing ground between two places called Pirara and Meritezeiro. These places were owned by a dairy company called LIDCO, and they were “two in one.” The Headquarters, administration workers, and ranchers’ homes were all located at Pirara. Harvey and I lived at Meritezeiro where he controlled that section of the ranch. There were four cattle boys there.