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Kayla de Freitas

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Kayla de Freitas



Power to Convene
Long-Term Research

Interested in grass roots, hands-on projects lead by communities or groups of young people, Kayla de Freitas serves as the secretary for the South Rupununi Conservation Society. She has previously worked with Conservation International Guyana on a resource development plan for communities close to the Kanuku Mountains Protected Area. A main focus of her work is not only protecting the physical natural assets of the region, but also its spirit.


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.