A momentary breeze comes off the Rupununi river and filters through the Karanambu compound, where I am cooling off. Thirty miles of river run through this ranch, and it is alive with birds, giant river otters and dozens of species of fish. A huge mango tree provides relief from the scorching sun, and those who can, retreat to hammocks.

On International Women’s Day, some of us will remember the fierce conservationist Diane McTurk. It is a long overdue tribute, as she dedicated much of her life to saving the unique species she had grown up with in the resource- and water-rich country of Guyana. ...


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