Guyana's northern Rupununi – one of the last great wilderness areas on the planet – is a biological treasure trove with a level of species richness on par with that of western Amazonia.
Since the seventeenth century, when Sir Walter Raleigh was convinced that the Rupununi was the location of the mythical El Dorado, this remarkable area has captured the imaginations of explorers and naturalists.
Despite its striking landscapes, unique collection of ecosystems, and abundant and unusual wildlife, interest in the Rupununi has waned over the last thirty years. One of the aims of Rupununi is to reintroduce the Rupununi to the world at large, allowing readers to rediscover an extraordinary "lost world".
The authors have created an engaging and colourful portrait of the area. The informative text and accompanying photographs detail the geology, biodiversity and people, provide an understanding of the values of the area and underline compelling reasons to ensure the conservation of this unique place in a rapidly changing world.
Dr Graham Watkins is a Guyanese born British biologist who has spent most of his life working in tropical South America, mainly in Guyana and Ecuador. His professional life includes more than 20 years of experience in ecological research, collaborative wildlife and fisheries management, and sustainable enterprise development in aquaculture, fisheries and tourism. Graham has worked in Guyana for over ten years to ensure the conservation of the North Rupununi Wetlands. He holds a degree in Zoology from St. Catherine's College, Oxford in the UK and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Pete Oxford, a British biologist, is an internationally renowned, award winning nature photographer. He has published in many international magazines including National Geographic, Smithsonian, International Wildlife, BBC Wildlife, GEO, Time, Airone and Nature's Best.
Renee Bish is a naturalist, conservationist, designer, sculptor, nurse and photographic partner. Together with her husband Pete Oxford, she has travelled extensively around the world visiting each of the seven continents many times, drawing inspiration for her creativity from her immersion in foreign cultures.