Guyana: Land of Water
Welcome to University of Glasgow Exploration Society’s Guyana Expedition webpage!
Here you can find out about our exciting expedition that will see you exploring the depths of the Kanuku Mountain Protected Area. Look into the projects we’ve previously carried out and the amazing opportunities to gain incredible fieldwork skills in the most pristine rainforest in the world.
The Guyana expedtion began in 2017 and for three years our teams have been collecting essential data on the biodiversity of this understudied region, unfortunately the team last year couldn’t go due to Covid-19. Working alongside the Protected Areas Commission of Guyana, our expedition has played a role in evolving the Management Plans for the Kanuku Mountains Protected Area, a vast area of incredible biodiversity in the southern Guyanese rainforest. Being a part of this team is an extraordinary experience for those interested in working hands-on with conservation in a unique and stunning corner of the world.
Guyana is home to an incredible range of amazing frogs and toads – some of the most fascinating animals in the world. Our teams have researched the species diversity and abundance across several locations within the Protected Area, and our 2017 team found the Kanuku Mountains Protected Area to be clear of the devastating chytrid fungus that threatens vast populations of amphibians throughout the world. Our frog fanatic Amber even got her data published! There’s the opportunity for any research carried out in Guyana to have an impact beyond the realms of the expedition – anything is possible!
Bats are one of the most essential animals in a healthy, biodiverse ecosystem. They are vital pollinators and act as pest-control for our agriculture. They are used as indicators of a healthy ecosystem and there is no shortage of them in Guyana! Our 2019 expedition bat project findings place the Kanuku Mountains Protected Area of Guyana 1st in the global rankings for the most number of bat species within protected boundaries. Our 2019 saw a near-300% increase in the number of bats captured – adding to the evidence that the Guyanese rainforest is still one of the most pristine environments in the world.
Number #1 for wildlife and complete cultural immersion
From jaguars and harpy eagles to armadillo and giant anteaters – the Guyana expedition has it all! Each year we have carried out a camera trap project where we’ve captured some incredible footage of the world’s most illusive and endangered animals. The expedition is also a fantastic opportunity to be 100% immersed in the local culture. From working with local guides and villages to the never ending support of the Protected Areas Rangers, we couldn’t do this expedition without the unbelievable help we receive.
Life as an Expedition Member
Unfortunately applications for Guyana 2021 are closed, but we will keep you updated on all our social media about future possibilities, so stay tuned!
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Meanwhile, make sure to keep updated with what the 2021 team are up to, and explore this page to learn what it takes to become a member. Below offers some snapshots into what life as a member looks like!
Rocky Road to the Rainforest
Anywhere between 24 and 48 hours on the road to reach your field site is a real great team building exercise! Get hands on and drag your team up out of the mud – literally!
Canopy Covered Camp Life
Thunderstorms and howler monkeys become your morning alarms with basic camp life at one with nature. Washing in rivers and sleeping in hammocks is jungle life at its finest!
Blissful Boat Trips
Tractors, ox-carts, pickup trucks, quadbikes and best of all, boats are the new normal for getting around Guyana. Incredible wildlife on river drifts and astonishing starry nights you will never forget!
University of Glasgow Exploration Society
For anyone interested in being part of a research team in one of eight countries across the globe – helping with research in conservation, biodiversity, zoology, geography, marine biology or earth science. It doesn’t matter what you study to apply – our natural world is fascinating and we need as many people interested in protecting it as possible.