Help us raise money to support the Guyana village of Yupukari in their annual turtle conservation festival! Here is a note from the Toshao (village leader), detailing the importance of the festival!
As fresh water turtles are a charismatic Rupununi species, they are ecologically and culturally important (In the region they are an important source of protein and traditional Makushi cotton spindles are constructed using the plastron of P. expansa), and the principal investigators for this project have recognized that individual conservation projects don’t ultimately lead to integrated conservation. As a result, this project is an attempt to bring together interest and information which can contribute to a more integrated attempt to address resource use. Yupukari is situated on the Rupununi River, adjacent to other Amerindian villages ( Annai, Yakarinta, Katoka, Simoni, Sande Creek, Massara and Kawimatta). This project would provide an opportunity to gather information about local species use population data may also be indicative of human use of the species and may also shed light on management issues.
It is hoped that this project will be able to garner a base population of P. unifilis in the Yupukari use areas, provide ecological information and develop enough community awareness to create the foundation for the development of a community based management strategy for both P. expansa and P. unifilis in the North Rupununi. Results from this project would also have implications for local, national and international conservation efforts.
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