Suriname is the most forested country in the world. It is part of the Guiana Shield and most of its land surface is covered with tropical rainforests. Although increasing development has its impacts on parts of the country, a large area is still completely pristine. This “natural laboratory” is unique and lends itself ideally to both studies of the composition and functioning of a pristine tropical rainforest, and the effect of impacts of human activities on these forests.

Many of the Neotropical species described by Linnaeus in 1758 came from Suriname. For most of the vertebrate groups Suriname is relatively well-studied and overviews exist for all vertebrate taxa. However, new species for the country and new species for science are found here on a regular base.

Suriname has an infrastructure of lodging facilities in the interior. Some of these facilities are quite luxurious and easy to reach, others are more primitive and more difficult to reach. Large areas of the country have no lodging and communication facilities at all. The entrance to these areas is usually a small interior airstrip. To reach remote areas from there on results in an expedition style trip.

The scientists working at NeoWild have significant experience in organizing expeditions to remote parts of Suriname and in carrying out research in the field. NeoWild is therefore able to offer support to foreign scientists interested to explore or carry out research in Suriname. Support offered can include the arrangement of logistics, assistance with research permits, and the rental of field materials.

For more information on Research support, please contact vanessa.kadosoe@neowild.org.