Save the Giants is a collaborative project, with partners ranging from local Guyanese villages, to independent field researchers and NGOS. In order to launch our project, we will need to secure funding for the following:
Continuous Fundraising Efforts
- Stipends for our guides
- – Each of our current 3 guides will receive a $250 USD stipend for each completed survey. Surveys are conducted on a monthly basis.
- Field Equipment
Camera traps – camera traps are an efficient and minimally invasive way to capture critical data. Using strategically placed traps, we were able to capture images of cubs, identify the sex of otters and track activity patterns. For our surveys, we use Reconyx Hyperfire Cameras, which are $600 USD (this price includes the security case and snake lock for the cameras). These cameras perform flawlessly in extreme tropical environments. Save the giants would like to acquire 10 more traps to use at multiple survey locations.
GPS Devices with Lifetime Mapping: Save the Giants would like to have 2 Garmin nuvi 67LM navigationsystems with lifetime mapping services : $150 USD These devices would allow for surveyors to have a digital map of the survey area, allowing for easier data input and location of surrounding bodies of water.
Garmin eTrex 10 Worldwide Handheld GPS Device – $100, for the project we would like to acquire 4 more.
Fuel Save the Giants has its own boat and engine now thanks to generous donations but fuel is still a cost for each survey.
Construction of a Science Center
We are currently fundraising to build a science center in the village of Yupukari. This center will be a hub for all the conservation work Save The Giants is doing in the field, a place to store field equipment, a place for researchers to stay but most importantly a science center for the entire community to have access to more educational opportunities in STEM. It will have computers for use to the community and for entering critical data to the STG otter database, a wet lab, a place for locals to sell goods to eco-tourists visiting and an opportunity for them to educate the guests about the important conservation projects taking place in the community.