Rupununi Wildlife Research Unit (RWRU) develops crucial research and conservation efforts in Guyana, South America by empowering local communities to monitor wildlife, including jaguars, that will assist with developing legislation and protected areas to protect the wildlife of Guyana.
Many visitors are drawn to the region of Rupununi in Guyana for its wildlife, as one of most biodiverse areas in the world.
Natural and manmade fires across the savannahs in the region are a common occurance and the South Rupununi Conservation Society (SRCS) started a new collaborative project to understand its impact on wildlife.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens supports the work of Dr. Matthew Hallett, co-founder of RWRU, who is part of a team of researchers collecting transect and camera trap data. The team aims to assess how both plants and animals use the burnt and unburnt areas.