I hope you all have had a pleasant start to 2011.
As you may be aware, Redfern Natural History Productions has raised and donated over US $ 8,000 to support the work of Meadowview Biological Research Station in the conservation of the habitat of Sarracenia and other carnivorous plants. The money has been raised and donated directly from sales taken through the Redfern website. For more information, please visit
In 2010, Stew McPherson also worked with the non-profit organisation Ibex Earth (http://www.ibexearth.com), and together they succeeded in raising and donating a further US $11,000 for the conservation of Mount Roraima, the fabled lost world documented in his recent book 'Lost Worlds of the Guiana Highlands'. The money was donated to fund various local conservation projects in Venezuela, one of which involved fixing vehicles for the National Parks authority so they could better patrol and safeguard the Canaima National Park (the land of the Tepuis), and control illegal mining and wildlife poaching.
For those not aware, Mount Roraima is the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s famed story 'The Lost World'. It is a spectacular plateau (known locally as a Tepui) that rises up to 1,000 metres above the surrounding rainforest and savannahs. The mountain top has remained isolated for millions of years, and so is home to unique plants, animals and landscapes found no where else on earth. More information is available at;
Stew is continuing to assist both conservation causes this year.
2012 will mark exactly 100 years since the publication of Arthur Conan Doyle’s story, and so with this in mind, He's working closely with Ibex Earth again to raise further funds and also help increase awareness and understanding of the unique balance of life that exists on top of the lost worlds. To help achieve this, Ibex Earth is launching two non-profit conservation expeditions to Mount Roraima as part of a major drive to raise the profile of the mountain, and to help put funding for sustainable infrastructure in place. Stew's involvement in this non-profit
project is as a non-paid volunteer, and he will be acting as expedition guide.
The two expeditions are from *Saturday 2nd April 2011 -Tuesday 12th April 2011*, and *Saturday 16th April 2011 - Tuesday 26th 2011*, each for ten people only. Both expeditions have identical itinerary, and involve a climb up to the spectacular summit of Mount Roraima, and a three day exploration of the extraordinary features of the plateau top – from the valley of the crystals, to the labyrinth of towering stone pinnacles, and on the way, a visit to the spectacular Jasper Creek – a waterfall that flows over a bedrock made of blood red semiprecious jasper gemstone!
Stew will be personally guiding both expeditions to the lost world, to show those who come the unique wildlife on the plateau surface, including rare carnivorous plants such as Heliamphora, Drosera, Utricularia and Genlisea. Visiting Roraima requires only normal physical skill, and despite the dramatic appearance of the mountain, the ascent is actually made by way of a gentle ledge leading up the vertical cliffs to the mountain top. The ledge can be walked up easily to reach the lost world on top of the plateau.
If you are interested in taking part in this non-profit expedition, please don’t hesitate to email Stew for more information at email@example.com
Happy Growing...and exploring!
ICPS Director of Conservation