This guide to 71 of the distinctive mammals of the Iwokrama Forest is published by the Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest Conservation and Development. Information on the distribution of mammals and other flora and fauna in the Iwokrama Forest has been derived from surveys conducted by the Centre in collaboration with participating academic partners, donors and the communities living in, or near, the Iwokrama Forest. Mammal surveys have been conducted by the Royal Ontario Museum and the University of Kansas. The Iwokrama Centre and the North Rupununi District Development Board have also worked with local communities to gather information on the ecology, behaviour, and distribution of the more common mammals of the Iwokrama Forest.
Iwokrama received finance for the publication of this material from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada. The material is based on research sponsored by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), and the Royal Ontario Museum Foundation.
Iwokrama is an international partnership for rain forest conservation and development operating in Guyana. It arose from an offer from the government of Guyana at the 1989 Commonwealth heads of Government Meeting to make one million acres of rain forest available to the international community for research on conservation and sustainable development.
|About the Authors|
Mark Engstom, Ph.D., is senior curator of Mammals in the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, and Director of Research at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada. He specializes in the evolution and systematics of New World rodents and bats. Mark and Burton Lim have conducted the mammal faunal surveys in the Iwokrama Forest.
Fiona Reid, M.Sc., has illustrated numerous books and articles. Most of the illustrations in this guide were prepared in the field during her extensive work in Central America which culminated in her recent book "A Field Guide to the Mammals of Central America and Southeast Mexico" published by Oxford University Press.
Mark Engstrom & Fiona Reid
|Burton Lim, M.Sc., is an assistant curator of Mammals in the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada. His research on the evolutionary relationships of bats has taken him on field trips to many tropical countries.|
|The North Rupununi District Development Board is a local body set up in 1996 to provide a conduit for discussions between the Iwokrama Centre and the people living in, or near, the Iwokrama Forest. The Board now acts as a representative for the twelve communities of the North Rupununi and has become closely involved in research, information management, and the sustainable development of the North Rupununi.|
|About the Developers|
|The Web and printed mammal guides were designed by Hopscotch Interactive Inc., an educational software development company based in Toronto, Canada. It specializes in the development of science and nature programming for the Internet. Information about the company can be found on their Web site: http://www.hopscotch.ca/|
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