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Victoria Amazonica

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The Victoria Amazonica is Guyana’s National Flower and is depicted on the Guyanese Coat of Arms.

Formerly named “Victoria Regia” after Queen Victoria, the name was later changed to Victoria Amazonica. The lily has very large leaves – up to ten feet in diameter that float on the water’s surface on a submerged stalk which is about 26 feet in length.

The flowers are white the first night they are open and become pink on the second night. They are up to sixteen inches in diameter and are pollinated by beetles.

The Victoria Amazonica is the largest water lily in the world.

The photo above was taken in the Rupununi River in Yupukari Village, Central Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America – where the lily grows naturally.

Rupununi River – Boating – Kids

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Kids of Yupukari Village, Central Rupununi Savannahs, Guyana, South America get ready for an educational and recreational boating activity up the Rupununi River.

The word “rupununi” is derived from the Makushi word “rapon” which is the name of a duck found along the Rupununi River.

Rupununi River – Boating

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Kids of Yupukari Village boating up the Rupununi River on a recreational and educational tour.

Did you know that the word “Rupununi” is derived from a Makushi word “rapon” which means “black bellied whistling duck”? The black bellied whistling duck is found along the banks of the Rupununi River.

Sandbank – Rupununi River

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Kids of Yupukari Village in Central Rupununi, Guyana, South America enjoy some recreational and educational activities on the sandbank of the Rupununi River.

Yupukari River is home the Caiman House Eco Lodge which grew out of international research of the endangered black caiman. The black caiman is only remaining in about three places on earth – the Rupununi River being one of them.

The Black Caiman – Yupukari Village

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There are only about 3 places on earth where the endangered species of reptile called the black caiman is found. The Rupununi River in Central Rupununi, Guyana, South America is one such place.

The black caiman is subject much international research and studies.

The photo above was taken along the banks of the Rupununi River in Yupukari Village around August 2014.

The Black Caiman – Full Body

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It’s a beautiful picture to look at. See but don’t touch! The deadly black caiman is an endangered species which still remain in only 3 places on earth – the Rupununi River in Yupukari Village, Central Rupununi being one of them.

This photo of the back caiman was taken along the banks of the Rupununi River in Central Rupununi, Guyana, South America.

The Black Caiman – Head Shot!

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The black caiman is a dangerous reptile which you would not want an encounter with. Yes, it does attack humans!

The black caiman is an endangered species worldwide and only remain in about 3 places on earth – Yupukari Village, Central Rupununi, Guyana, South America being one of those 3 places.

Studies of the black caiman by American scientists gave rise to the Caiman House Eco Lodge in Yupukari Village, Central Rupununi Savannahs, Guyana, South America.

The photo of the black caiman shown above was taken in the Rupununi River in Yupukari Village, Central Rupununi, Guyana, South America.

Wildlife in Guyana – The Capybara – Rupununi Village

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This beautiful animal was photographed in Yupukari Village, near to the Rupununi River in Central Rupununi Savannahs, Guyana, South America.

The capybara is one of the world’s largest rodents!

Braving the Waters of the Rupununi River – Guyana, South America

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This photo was taken by tourists exploring the Rupununi River around the vicinity of Yupukari, Central Rupununi Savannhas, Guyana, South America.

Various parts of the Rupununi River are known to be inhabited by the black caiman which is a rare and endangered species.