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Chestnut Woodpecker at the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway (video)
Guests on the Walkway this morning were treated to an earful of wonderful rainforest noises at daybreak… one alert guest directed the attention of the group to a relatively common visitor to the forest near the Walkway, a sleek chestnut woodpecker (Celeus elegans). A day or two at the Iwokrama Canopy Walkway is a feast […]
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Are Camera Traps the next big thing in tourism?
Back in 2012 we installed some of the first camera traps to be used in the Iwokrama Rain Forest, taking the lead from some very successful camera trap projects down at Karanambu Lodge. We have had some trouble getting the footage transmitted over the thready internet signal at the lodge, but we’re slowly getting clips […]
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Burrowing owls spotted by Leon Moore
True to its name, the Burrowing Owl nests in a hole in the ground. Although it is quite willing to dig its own burrow, it often uses one already provided by prairie dogs, skunks, armadillos, or tortoises. Leon caught a glimpse of this one while travelling with guests between the Canopy Walkway and Karanambu Lodge.
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Jaguars spotted near Canopy Walkway
Guide Leon Moore and some truly estatic guests were treated to Jaguar sightings on the road near the entrance to Atta Rainforest Lodge and the Canopy Walkway
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Conservation Champion Sydney Allicock
Conservation International recognizes Surama elder (and Parliamentary Minister) Sydney Allicock as a "Conservation Champion Who Rocked Our World" in 2013.
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Lost Land of the Jaguars BBC Crew back at Canopy Walkway
The production team from the BBC's Lost Land of the Jaguars is back in Guyana, staying with us at Atta Rainforest Lodge!
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Canopy Walkway guide Leon Moore named Guyana’s Tour Guide of the Year
Props to our resident guide Leon Moore who was honored last evening by the Ministry of Tourism as Tour Guide of the Year. It’s a big honor for Leon, but no surprise given how many of his guests send back compliments about how much they valued his expertise and kindness. Great work, Leon! PS: it’s […]
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National Geographic calls Guyana Best Kept Secret in South America
Is Green the New Gold? National Geographic says that Guyana may be the best-kept secret in South America, with most of the country still covered in wild forest. Stunning natural wonders – stretching from newly restored mangroves near Georgetown to the mighty Kaieteur Falls to the pristine Iwokrama rain forest, Guyana offers curious travelers an […]
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Spectacular nightjar spotted near Atta Rainforest Lodge
Canopy Walkway guide Leon Moore really outdid himself with this shot of a nightjar resting near the pathway leading up to the Walkway. He spotted it while leading guests up for afternoon sundowners on the platforms overlooking the rich canopy of the Iwokrama Rainforest. What do you think you might see when you visit us?
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Rare Crimson Fruitcrow spotted near Canopy Walkway
Guests were treated to a rare sighting of an elusive crimson fruitcrow today. Guide Leon Moore reports that trees near the clearing surrounding the Atta Rainforest Lodge are in their fruiting cycle, attracting this and numerous other bird species. Quite a sight!
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Pied Puffbird resting on Canopy Walkway handrail
Guests at the Walkway were in for a real treat this afternoon at sunset when this little fellow stopped by to have a look at the view. Guide Leon Moore always has his eyes out for little treasures like this one: you never know what you’re going to spot when you come and visit us […]
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New species of frog discovered in Iwokrama forest!
A study to investigate whether conservation and ecotourism can be reconciled in the forests of Guyana uncovers a previously undescribed species of poison dart frog in the Iwokrama rain forest! From the news: In a study sponsored by the Stiftung Artenschutz [Species Conservation Foundation] and the Verband Deutscher Zoodirektoren [Association of German Zoo Directors], the […]
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Surama elder Sydney Allicock speaks at International Tourism Conference
Sydney Allicock speaks about the role of tourism in Guyana, especially at Surama. It goes way beyond basic hospitality
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Blunt headed vine snake – a benign and curious visitor to the lodge
Blunt-headed vine snakes are different from other snakes of the New World. These snakes have a very thin body, slender neck, big eyes, and a blunt head. They live in trees and hunt small animals like frogs and lizards during the night. Guide Leon Moore spotted this little fellow after breakfast this morning, adding to […]
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A new one for us – Ruddy-tailed fly catcher
You never know what the rain forest will put on display on any given day. Today its a bird species we see from time to time… we can’t call it rare, but it’s still pretty unusual. And a delight, no matter what. This tiny flycatcher breeds from sea level to 1000 m altitude, locally to 1200 […]

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