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 Team. For 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:
- Iwokrama Rainforest Centre Staff Drawings 2021
- MacKenzie Primary Staff, Parents & Guardians Drawings 2021
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:
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:
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
IWOKRAMA INTERNATIONAL CENTRE STAFF WORKSHOP
Black Caiman CD (Conservation Dependent) Reshma Persaud, age 29, WDATAG? Guyana Team
Lowland Tapir VU Micah Davis, Head Ranger Iwokrama International Centre
Harpy Eagle NT Micah Davis, Head Ranger Iwokrama International Centre
Arapaima Arapaima gigas DATA DEFICIENT J. Jaipaul
Guianan Cock-of-the-rock LC Rohanie age 28, Guyana
Pebas Stubfoot Toad VU Leonie, Fairview
MACKENZIE PRIMARY, LINDEN: GUYANA WILDLIFE WORKSHOPS
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
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