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The National Flower



The Victoria Regia, a water lily, was discovered by Robert Schomburgk, a German Botanist in 1837, while leading an expedition into the interior of what was then British Guiana. In its native habitat of tropical America, the plant is perennial. It grows in 4 to 6 feet of water, the base of the stems being situated in soft mud. From each plant there are seldom more than 4 or 5 leaves. The largest flowers can measure 10 inches to one foot in diameter. When first open, they are white with a sweet smell rather like a ripe fruit; by the second day they are fully expanded and a deeper pink; by the third day, they start to wither.


The National Bird


The Canje Pheasant (Hoatzin) is Guyana's National Bird. The Adult Canje Pheasant is about twenty-two inches long from bill to tail. In coloration, reddish-brown streaked with green. The under parts are pale brown, while on the shoulder and sides the feathers are creamy-white.

On the head is a crest of very long feathers which gives the bird an almost majestic look. The bill is short and very thick, and the skin around the crimson eye is of a pale blue colour. This bird can be found along the banks of the Berbice river and its tributaries.


The National Animal


The Felis pantera whose common name is the Jaguar is the National Animal of Guyana. Its habitat  ranges from the coastland of French Guiana all the way to Central America and the south of South America.

The Jaguar feeds on animals sometimes as large as its own body; birds are also a supplementary part of its diet. Jaguars have been known to hunt in trees. This animal only kills as a form of defense and to acquire its meals and have seldom had direct encounters with humans, instead they can be quite shy towards them




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