I wake up before dawn and walk out on the beach. The leatherback turtles are already gone for the season, but there are still eggshells all over the beach. There’s a man to my right holding a birdcage with a small songbird inside. The sun begins to rise. Why did he bring the bird to the beach. It was odd I thought to myself. Later I learned that he would be bird racing later that morning, a southern Caribbean sport that matches songbirds in sing offs with other songbirds at a meeting point in a nearby village.
“The first time I saw Ol’ Tom, I thought heese gonna eat me,” said a woman on Jewel Cay.
“Ol’ Tom?” I asked.
“Dats what we call da whale sharks here on da cays,” she explained. “We wuz lookin for da Bonita ad we saw lotsa birds flyon’ about. Den we seen all deese bubbles and a great big shadow, bigger dan da boat come up beside us.”
Wildlife, I sometimes find, comes in spurts. You can spend hours holding your binoculars and not seeing a single sparrow, then your thoughts wander or you scratch your head and suddenly one animal after another begins to appear. This was the case on the Burro Burro River, a couple of kilometers from Surama Ecolodge, on the edge of the Rupununi Savannah and bordering the Iwokrama Rainforest, where I was staying.
The South American camelids, the Alpaca and Vicuña, produce some of the fnest quality fiber on the planet. Here’s the lowdown.
Both are native to Brazil and inhabit similar territories. However, they rarely interact. In a zoo in Japan, however, they share the same enclosure. Recently, a zoo keeper caught some strange behavior inter-species behavior going on. The monkeys have begun to ride the capybara, even picking off fleas and grooming… Read More →
There are five species of South American camelids: alpaca, llama, vicuña, guanaco, and huarizo. They are found throughout the Andes mountains in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, and Colombia. Unlike the camel though, the South American camelids thrive at high altitudes.