Conservation International Suriname, in line with the Conservation International Amazonia strategy, is working to protect the forest and to ensure zero net deforestation by 2020. Protecting the forest and her ecosystems includes protecting key species in the forest that serve to disperse seeds and perform other key functions that the ecosystem relies upon. Ensuring that forests remain healthy includes ensuring that the wildlife that lives within it thrives. Therefore, Conservation International Suriname is developing its first ever Wildlife Conservation Program.
Wildlife in Suriname
There are a large number of primates and wild cat species in Suriname. Ocelots, tamarins, howler, monkeys, spider monkeys, two saki - and two capuchin monkey species, jaguars, and cougars (puma) are living in the dense forests. Numerous other mammals can also be found in smaller numbers, such as the porcupine, armadillo, and anteater.
Amphibians unique to Suriname are the Wilhelmina Cochran Frog and Fuente’s Powakka Tree frog. Reptile species endemic to Suriname are the Worm Lizard (Amphisbaena myersi) and Tachymenis surinamensis. Among the endemic freshwater fish species are catfish such as the Planet Catfish, Geophagus brokopondo and the beautiful freshwater stingray Potamotrygon boesemani.
Off the coast the animal life is not less impressive. The Surinamese waters for example are home to 11 whale species, dolphins, manatees and many more. The beaches are highly important nesting areas for leatherback, hawksbill, green and olive ridley turtles. The forests and coastline also attract hundreds of bird species every year. These range from woodland birds and rainforest birds to water fowls and others. Among these birds are the scarlet ibis, sparrows, cardinals, parakeets, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, parrots, toucans, macaws, eagles, egrets, condors, frigate birds, pelicans and the Guianese cock-of-the-rock.