Wild Postcard Gallery Guyana

Where Did All the Animals Go? project launched Guyana Outreach Programme on International Bioversity Day 22 May, 2020. This gallery showcases the rich biodiversity of Guyana as well as its talented artists. The Guyana OutreachTeam includes Mayor Waneka Arrindell of Linden, Dr Raquel Thomas, Arianne Harris (Art Ambassador), Rehana Ragoobeer and Reshma Persaud of Iwokrama who you can read about in Meet the Team. Follow WDATAG Guyana Facebook page which showcases Guyana wild animal art and conservation news here

The first drawing Jane received for this gallery is by Sophia Bhagwandeen age 18 of Georgetown. Sophia's imaginative drawing of an iconic Harpy Eagle with a snake, is a pure celebration of Guyana's rich, diverse and precious wildlife, as well as a representation of the treasured relationship the WDATAG? project has with Guyana and the WDATAG Guyana TeamFor further details about Wild Postcard Gallery and how to submit your drawing please visit the main gallery here. Jane would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has contributed to Wild Postcard Gallery Guyana. 

Included in the gallery are:





A beautiful working sketch by Rehana Ragoobeer, WDATAG Co-partner, depicting some of her favourite wild animals, including a jaguar and toucan, two iconic species which inhabit this richly biodiverse country. 

This exceptional study of an endangered green sea turtle was created by Arianne Harris, WDATAG? Co-Partner and the project's first Art Ambassador. Arianne is a biologist and artist with a rich family heritage in Guyanese art. Her drawing captures the delicate beauty and vulnerability of this species. Read about Arianne's life here.

The team is thrilled to have received this magnificent drawing of a Harpy Eagle by Chandradatt who said:

"I decided to participate in this activity because I saw it as something fun and creative and so I did not want to miss out on the opportunity." 

This effortless drawing of a yellow-tortoise is iconic of these placid creatures, the fifth-largest tortoise species on the planet. Yellow-footed tortoise are not only threatened by habitat destruction but also hunted as food for humans and captured for the pet trade. Puja said of this gentle animal:

"I have rescued several of them here in Guyana and they hold a special place in my heart." Since submitting her drawing Puja has shared her story: My family and I currently have 3 adults and 6 young tortoises in our care. The three adults were rescued by my father, Roopchan, from hunters who brought them out of the interior to sell for their meat. We discovered eggs a couple months after that, which was a big surprise. 



They are fed a diet of fruit and vegetables (watermelon seems to be a favorite!) and are allowed to roam freely in the yard where they eat surrounding grasses. Unfortunately, none of the tortoises have been returned to the wild as yet because they keep being brought back by hunters and the cycle continues.



Puja and her father hope someday the tortoises can be returned safely to the wild but in the meantime, they are safe and living a wonderful life in their care. Jane asked Puja if she could share her stunning photos of the tortoises. She said:
"I think sharing them would serve to shed some light on species that needs protecting here in Guyana where the wildlife trade is prevalent. The yellow-footed tortoise is currently classified as a vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List."

The jaguar is a precious icon of Guyana that inspires many people not just in this incredible country, but globally. Shemendra's stunning drawing illustrates just why this species is so iconic in Guyana; magnificent, powerful and elusive, the jaguar presides over a landscape and biodiversity that fundamentally demonstrates the word 'beauty'.

Shane's monumental drawing of a critically endangered Great Hammerhead Shark is a tremendously important submission to this gallery. Not only does the drawing illustrate the beauty of this marine species but Shane's statement captures the aim of WDATAG project:

"I drew a Great Hammerhead Shark because I feel not enough people in Guyana realize that we have quite a few marine shark species in our waters, and it is important to identify this because species such as the great hammerhead shark are endangered while many of us do not even know that they live in our waters."


Hema Persaud's outstanding drawing of a Great Armadillo, also demonstrates an imaginative technique, darkening the paper surrounding the drawing but leaving a band unrendered as if to further emphasis the armadillo's shield mentioned in Hema's statement here:

"The word armadillo when translated from Spanish to English means “little armored one”. I was inspired to draw such a fascinating mammal based upon this fact because although such a small animal is very vulnerable, it has it's own shield provided naturally. Such a tough shell is composed of boney plates in the dermis covered by horny scales."

At just 11 years old Troyanna has created a monumental drawing of a Jaguar, again demonstrating just how highly regarded this species is in Guyana. Troyanna's drawing is a true celebration of this beautiful species renown for its alluring golden eyes and exquisite coat which is adorned with black rosettes. Jaguars are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, Human wildlife conflict and the illegal trade in wildlife. Where once they were hunted for their coats, due to anti-fur campaigns and laws protecting this species the demand for jaguar fur coats has waned but they are still hunted for their fur and body parts. With around 17,000 remaining in the wild, their population is sadly decreasing and their conservation status is now listed by the IUCN as NEAR THREATENED. Read more about the jaguar here:



It's always great to meet the artists behind the drawings. Here are Rebecca Jamnah, and friend Royquinn Fredericks with the fantastic, bold and iconic drawings they created of their favourite wild Guyana animals. Rebecca has a degree in Earth and Environmental Studies and said:

"I love wildlife and everything you guys are doing. Keep up the good work!" Thank you Rebecca.








Reanna's tremendous drawing was accompanied with an insightful statement that captures the essence of WDATAG? project perfectly - to highlight the array of exciting species humans are fortunate to share the planet with and to recognise each animal as an individual being that lives its life according to its needs. Reanna said:

The animal that I've highlighted in my drawing is none other than the South American Coati. Yes, a coati! Before submitting I asked my younger sibling "What's this animal?" and the response I got was "Oh, that's a raccoon!". I sort of made the same face that my friend in the drawing is making, "How could this child not know what I am?". You see, the name "coati" and the animal itself isn't that popular but when spotted, locals would refer to this fella as a "ringtail". It is kind of obvious why they would call it that. It has rings on its tail. Imagine not being known by your real name, pretty sad, and that's why I chose this fella. To let his name be known. They may be of least concern according to the IUCN Red List but it should also be known that the population trend of this lad is decreasing, "They don't even know my name and they don't even know that my people are dying". Pretty sure that some don't even know that his kind exists! Well, that's all Mr. Coati and I have to say right now. We have a busy schedule of foraging for food. Remember the name. Coati. South American Coati. No! Not coyote. Unthink that.


Another marvellous and symbolic drawing from Reanna who said:

The vulnerable Lowland Tapir that's known as the "Bush Cow" in Guyana is often hunted for its meat and other body parts contributing to their decrease in number. The meat of the tapir is said to be a delicacy and the cuts within the body of the tapir in the drawing simply showcase the slaughter.



Reanna has incorporated a map of Guyana in her bold and iconic drawing of a Giant Otter.



Another extraordinary drawing of a Jaguar by a very talented 8 year old from Guyana. Dario has captured the iconic roar in the face of this mighty big cat.


Sophia's poignant statement accompanying her beautiful tiger drawing, reflects the effects of manmade destruction on the natural world both globally and in her home country of Guyana. Her statement also echoes one of the pivotal aims of WDATAG? project, to give children, communities, and wildlife a voice. Sophia said:

"Although tigers are not found in my country they are beautiful and magnificent creatures. They are NOT safe in their own habitat, a place they call home. Humans are the greatest threat to these magnificent creatures. While some choose to save them many choose to destroy them. Although there are an estimated 3,900 species alive today, that's still not enough and much work needs to be done. In the 1900s they were approximately 100,000 species alive. Of the nine subspecies of tigers only six species are alive today. From skin to bones, humans take everything from them including their homes. HUMANS ARE NEVER SATISFIED. They will keep hunting and taking until nothing is left. The earth is home to animals as well and not only humans but because these animals don't have a voice, humans choose to take everything they want." 


Jaguar VU Mary Melville, age 17 orphanage for girls, Guyana


Kingfisher LC Kimberly Singh, Georgetown, Guyana



The following outstanding drawings of vulnerable Guyanese wildlife were created by the talented staff of Iwokrama International Centre during March 2021 WDATAG? Guyana Wildlife workshops for the Great North Museum: Hancock exhibition:

White-lipped Peccary VU Arianne Harris, WDATAG? Art Ambassador




Pale-throated Three-toed Sloth LC Arianne Harris, WDATAG? Art Ambassador



American Manatees VU Dr. Raquel Thomas, WDATAG? Guyana Outreach Team







Arapaima Arapaima gigas DATA DEFICIENT Dr Raquel Thomas Director Iwokrama






Black Caiman CD (Conservation Dependent) Reshma Persaud, age 29, WDATAG? Guyana Team


Reshma Persaud, WDATAG? Guyana Team







Lowland Tapir VU Micah Davis, Head Ranger Iwokrama International Centre





Harpy Eagle NT Micah Davis, Head Ranger Iwokrama International Centre


Micah Davis, Head Ranger Iwokrama International Centre


Pebas Stubfoot Toad VU Nesha Andries age 20, Guyana
Nesha Andries

Arapaima Arapaima gigas DATA DEFICIENT J. Jaipaul

Red Billed Toucan  VU Celestine Leo age 45, Guyana


Celestine Leo


Giant Anteater  VU Vernon Honario, Guyana


Vernon Honario

Guianan Cock-of-the-rock LC  Rohanie age 28, Guyana




Red Siskin EN Maclene Oswald age 36, Guyana


Maclene Oswald


Giant Otter EN Lezlene Danieli age 27, Guyana


 Giant Armadillo VU Lezlene Danieli age 27, Guyana


Lowland Tapir VU Lezlene Danieli age 27, Guyana


 Guianan Red Howler Monkey LC Lezlene Danieli age 27, Guyana


Lezlene Danieli


White-lipped Peccary VU Dennize Mithelhozer age 20, Guyana


Guiana Spider Monkey VU Dennize Mithelhozer age 20, Guyana
Dennize Mithelhozer
Red-rumped Agouti LC Clifton age 33, Guyana




Sun Parakeet EN Colin Jarvis age 33, Guyana


Colin Jarvis
Black Caiman CD Lorindo Honorio age 33, Guyana


Lorindo Honorio


South American Bushmaster VU Dwarka Singh age 39, Guyana


Dwarka Singh
Blue-cheeked Amazon NT Ann Johnny age 27, Guyana
Yellow-footed Tortoise VU James age 50, Guyana




Jaguar  NT Richardson age 29, Guyana


Giant Armadillo VU Mark age 40, Guyana




Pebas Stubfoot Toad VU Leonie, Fairview


Leonie, Fairview 




The following incredible drawings of vulnerable Guyanese wildlife were created by the talented Staff and Parents of MacKenzie Primary School, Iwokrama International Centre staff and WDATAG? Guyana Team during March 2021 WDATAG? Guyana Wildlife workshops for the Great North Museum: Hancock exhibition:


Guiana Spider Monkey NT Mayor Waneka Arrindell, WDATAG? Guyana Team




Black Caiman CONSERVATION DEPENDENT Mayor Waneka Arrindell, WDATAG? Guyana Team


Mayor Waneka Arrindell, WDATAG? Guyana Team




Blue-cheeked Amazon EN Camille Cummings Mackenzie Primary Head Mistress, Linden Guyana


Camille Cummings Mackenzie Primary Head Mistress, Linden Guyana




Yellow-footed Tortoise VU Mackenzie Primary Headmistress, Linden Guyana


Camille Cummings Mackenzie Primary Head Mistress, Linden Guyana





Sun Parakeet EN Zoya, Linden, Guyana


Zoya, Linden, Guyana




Giant Anteater  VU Nafisah Elliott, age 27, Linden





Blue-cheeked Amazon EN, Nafisah Elliott, age 27, Linden


Nafisah, Linden, Guyana


Red-rumped Agouti LC Latoya, age 42, Linden




Harpy Eagle NT Latoya Gishard, age 42, Linden




Bush Dog NT Shaquanna, Linden




Lowland Tapir VU Grace Hall, age 33, Linden





Lowland Tapir VU Damane Charmane, age 31, Linden




Jaguar Panthera onca Near Threatened, Natasha Croal, age 40, Linden




Yellow-footed Tortoise VU Natasha Croal, age 40, Linden


Natasha, Linden




Pale-throated Three-toed Sloth LC Shurma Williams, MacKenzie Primary Teacher, Linden, Guyana


Shurma Williams, MacKenzie Primary Teacher, Linden, Guyana




 Pebas Stubfoot Toad VU Tandica Fox, 38 years old, Linden, Guyana



Guianan Cock-of-the-rock Rupicola rupicola Least Concern, Sharon Joseph, age 37, Linden





Bush Dog Speothos venaticus Near Threatened, Latoya age 35, Linden





Red Siskin Spinus cucullatus Endangered, Kateri age 28, Linden





Giant Armadillo Priodontes maximus Vulnerable, Lynette Pancham age 53, Linden




Red-billed Toucan Ramphastos tucanus Vulnerable, Isola Browne, age 22, Linden





Guiana Spider Monkey NT Latoya Liverpool, age 37, Linden




Beebe’s Rocket Frog Anomaloglossus beebei Endangered Melissa Bagot, age 29, Linden