Project Needs

“Save the Giants” is a collaborative project, with partners ranging from local Guyanese villages, to independent field researches and NGOS.  In order to launch our project, we will need to secure funding for the following:

  • Boats/Motors for surveying – Preferably 2 boats/2 engines
    • The boats that are the most suitable for navigation on the river are simple 14ft long, aluminium fishing boats:  Costs: $3000 USD (purchased in country)
    • Boat motors are 25 horsepower outboard gas engines: Costs: $3000 USD (purchased in country)
  • Stipends for our guides – Each guide will receive a $350 USD stipend for each completed survey.  Surveys will be conducted on a monthly basis, during the dry season. Typically within the months of November through April.
    • Save the Giants would like to train and employ 4 otter surveyors this calendar year, to conduct surveys throughout 2018.
  • 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. Otter Holt 6 Trail (5)
    • GPS Devices with Lifetime Mapping: Save the Giants would like to have 2 Garmin nuvi 67LM navigation systems 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 of these.
  • Funding for Otter Surveyor Training – plans are in place for a training session, set to happen in December of 2017.  Training will cover proper survey methodology, fecal collection, best methods for setting camera traps, basic GPS mapping skills and appropriate human/giant otter encounter protocols.  Invitations will be sent out to villages in the interior, who are interested in becoming trained otter surveyors. The estimated cost for the training session is still being calculated at this time.