Conservationists in Suriname, Guyana, Cook islands

This video from Suriname says about itself:

Field Spotlight: Monique Pool’s Sloth Sanctuary – Conservation International (CI)

Monique Pool, CI partner and founder of the Green Heritage Fund Suriname, finds herself “slothified” after an area of forest in Paramaribo, Suriname, is cut down. Monique rescued more than 200 animals, mostly sloths, and brought them to an emergency shelter, which also happens to be her home. Watch how Monique manages to feed, house, and release the sloths back into the wild.

From Conservation International:

3 Conservation Champions Who Rocked Our World in 2013

John Martin

During the course of 2013, we were fortunate to have met and worked with three amazing conservation champions who are important friends and partners to CI.

1. Monique Pool, from the greenest country on earth — Suriname — became “slothified” when she rescued over 200 sloths out of a patch of forest that was being cleared for cattle pasture. All animals were brought to her house and eventually released back into a protected forest. Her drive and passion for these animals is so inspiring to us.

2. Nan Hauser from the Cook Islands in the South Pacific seduced us with her contagious strength and spirit. Her whale research and deep passion and understanding for these amazing marine mammals have helped create one of the largest marine parks in the world.

3. And finally, Sydney Allicock from Guyana. Indigenous leader, member of parliament, ecotourism pioneer, charismatic storyteller — these are just a few words to describe how this conservation champion has conserved his people’s traditional ways of life, protected their forests and biodiversity, and thus improved his people’s livelihoods.

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Berget Lewis radio concert live

This video is the official video of Berget Lewis‘ new single, Aviator.

On Saturday 2 November, there was a live national radio show in Hilversum, the Netherlands. Three music acts performed there. They all had new albums out recently. About the two others later; Berget Lewis sang first.

Berget Lewis was born in Amsterdam, from parents from Suriname.

Her parents were Pentecostal church members. As Berget told in the radio interview between the 2 November songs, they forbade her to sing anything which was not religious gospel music. While her brother’s non-religious music was allowed.

Berget Lewis, radio concert Hilversum, 2 November 2013

Berget’s band were her, relatively low, vocals; two guitars, keyboards, drums; no bass guitar. Sometimes, the music seemed to be somewhere between Tina Turner and Guns ‘n Roses.

They played three songs. The audience applauded enthusiastically.

Sixty new wildlife species discovered in Suriname

This video about Suriname is called 60 New Species Discovered!!

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This video says about itself:

Frogs, Fish and More New Species Found in Suriname

4 Oct 2013

In a recent expedition to Southeastern Suriname, a group of scientists discovered nearly 60 species new to science. Here are just a few.

This 2007 video is about earlier new species discoveries in Suriname.

60 new animal species discovered in Suriname

This video says about itself:

Jan 24, 2012

Conservation International‘s Rapid Assessment Program’s (RAP) most recent expedition took place in one of the world’s last pristine tropical forests revealing incredibly diverse species and extraordinary cultural heritage. RAP experts discuss their findings during the three-week survey of southwest Suriname.

Translated from ANP news agency in the Netherlands:

60 new species discovered in Suriname

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 17:05

Scientists have discovered 60 new species during a special expedition in southeastern Suriname. They found previously unrecorded species of frogs, beetles, grasshoppers, fish and a snake. Nature organization Conservation International Suriname said this on Tuesday.

Not final

Also, many ‘new’ ants were found, but the scientists have not yet determined definitively whether these really are new species.


The discoveries were made in the southeast of Suriname, in the basin of the Upper Palumeu river, not far from the border with Brazil. According to the researchers, the area is one of the last untouched rainforests on earth.


Leeanne Alonso, scientific director of the research, is very enthusiastic about the results. In a similar survey in southwest Suriname some years ago, 40 new species were discovered. The results now are 1.5 times as big. ,,I have been in many areas throughout the world, but such a large pristine area like this is really unique,” said Alonso during the presentation. That a lot of beetle species were found is an indication of the great diversity of mammals living in the area, she explained. Different species of beetles eat feces of several species of mammals.


Yet there is also concern arising from the research. In the water and fish relatively high concentrations of mercury were found. This is striking because there is no activity in this region where mercury is used. Possibly this is related to the use of mercury in small-scale gold mining elsewhere in Suriname.

From Conservation International:

Kwamalasamutu Expedition

The goal of this expedition was to bring together the knowledge and expertise of local people with scientific knowledge to study and plan for monitoring of biological and cultural resources of the Kwamalasamutu region.

Suriname, August-September 2010

The Kwamalasamutu expedition, an initiative of CI’s long-standing Rapid Assessment Program (RAP), was a three-week survey to explore three remote sites along the Kutari and Sipaliwini Rivers near the village of Kwamalasumutu from August to September 2010.

The purpose of this RAP survey was to establish a baseline of information for local ecotourism and future monitoring efforts, focusing on Werehpai and the surrounding region. We also sought to gather information on plant and animal species important to the Trio people, and provide recommendations for sustainable harvest and management practices.

The overall goal was to bring together the knowledge and expertise of local people with scientific knowledge to study and plan for monitoring of biological and cultural resources of the Kwamalasamutu region. …

Major Results

Preliminary number of (morpho) species found in each group
(number of new or possibly new species in parentheses):

Plants: 240
Ants: 100
Aquatic Beetles: 144 (16-26)
Dung Beetles: 94 (10-14)
Katydids and Grasshoppers: 78 (7)
Dragonflies and Damselflies: 94 (4)
Fishes: 99 (8)
Reptiles and Amphibians: 78 (1)
Birds: 327
Small Mammals: 38
Medium/Large Mammals: 29

= 1,321 species, 46-60 new to science

New distributional records for Suriname from most taxonomic groups:

Plants: 8
Aquatic Beetles: 45
Dung Beetles: 5
Dragonflies and Damselflies: 14
Katydids and Grasshoppers: 29
Fishes: 2
Reptiles and Amphibians: 2
Birds: 4
Small Mammals: 2

15 species of plants and animals listed on IUCN Red List

Surinamese film premiere in Cuba

This video is the first part of the film Wan Pipel.

From Prensa Latina news agency:

Tribute to Surinamese Filmmaker in Cuba

Paramaribo, May 14 – Surinamese filmmaker Pim de la Parra will be honored during the 4th annual Dutch Film Week, scheduled from May 17 to 25 in Havana, where he will travel on Thursday, according to reports in this capital.

On this occasion, the Cuban audience will appreciate the film Wan Pipel (One People, 1976), the first film shot in Suriname after its independence, restored and digitized in 2010.

The film, considered an absolute classic film of that Caribbean nation, will be shown by its director Pim de la Parra in what will be its Cuban premiere.

De la Parra told the local newspaper Ware Tijd that he is excited about screening Wan Pipel in the Spanish speaking region, 37 years after it was made.

Surinamese hummingbirds in Dutch zoo

This is a white-chinned sapphire video from Brazil.

Translated from bird zoo Avifauna in Alphen in the Netherlands:

Smallest bird species can now be seen in our park

Avifauna bird zoo has some special new residents. From today on, people can see the white-chinned sapphire, a hummingbird species with a weight of 3.5 grams and length of 8 centimeter in our bird park. The white-chinned sapphire is the smallest bird species currently in European zoos. …

The fork-tailed woodnymph, another hummingbird species, has arrived in the hummingbird house as well. This colourful bird is slightly larger than the white-chinned sapphire. In November 2012, these two Surinamese bird species were smuggled into the country through Schiphol airport, where the customs seized them. As bird park Avifauna takes care of confiscated birds, these two special species were entrusted to its expertise as well.