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Iwokrama Forest



Location: Potaro- Siparuni

Area: 1 million acres

Elevation: 0- 3,281 ft (0- 1,000 m) 




Description of Iwokrama Forest

Iwokrama Forest is a massive area in Potaro- Siparuni region in Guyana. Iwokrama Forest covers a total area of 1 million acres of pristine forest that range in elevation that range from 0 to 3,281 ft (0- 1,000 m) above sea level. It is famous for its rich biodiversity with over 500 species of birds, 420 species of fish, 90 species of bats and many other animals and plants. These mountains are dotted with small settlements of Macushi indigenous tribe. It represents an important transition zone in rainfall, landforms, human histories and biological communities.

At its widest part, the area is 85 km and to a greater extent in a north-south direction it is 80 km. The Georgetown-Lethem route dissects the forest, crossing about 72 kilometers between the northeast and south borders. The forest is between 4 ° and 5 ° north latitude and 58.5 and 59.5 degrees west longitude.

The Iwokrama forest is bordered to the west by the Pakaraima Mountain Range and to the east by the scattered isolated mountains of central-eastern Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. It also borders savannas in the southwest and northeast of Guyana and southwest of Suriname. The Esequibo River forms the eastern limit. The northern limit is the Siparuni river. The Burro-Burro River runs through the center, and most of its basin is located within the Forest.

The area is covered with tropical lowland forest, and dominated by tall tropical trees, with a dense canopy 20 to 30 meters high.

The Iwokrama forest has the highest richness of fish species (more than 420 described so far) and bats (90) for any area of ​​this size in the world.









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