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Leroy Ignacio

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Leroy Ignacio



Long-Term Research
Power to Convene

With a lifelong passion for protecting the environment in the Rupununi and throughout Guyana, Leroy Ignacio is the current president of the South Rupununi Conservation Society. He has been involved in red siskin research from the onset, starting with its discovery in Rupununi in 2000 by Smithsonian and University of Kansas researchers. He has been involved in tourism with Rupununi Trails and continues to guide many siskin-watching and other trips.


Red Siskin Initiative    Active

The Red Siskin Initiative is an international collaboration between Smithsonian scientists and local partners in Venezuela, Guyana, and Puerto Rico, that seeks to protect and restore habitats and populations of the Red Siskin, an iconic and endangered bird species.