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The Republic of Suriname is an unitary parliamentary republic, found in-between Guyana, Guiana, the North Atlantic Sea and Brazil. It covers 163.821 square kilometres and is the home of 585.824 citizens of which 48% are Christians, 22% Hindi, 14% Muslims and 2% Winti. The currency is Surinamese dollar, worth 0,88 Danish Krone and 0,12. The GDP is US$3.641 billion. The official languish is Dutch, but also Sarnami Hindustani (Bhojpuri) and
Javanese is recognized.
The climate is divided in three; the northern coastal area which I will spend most time in is Equatorial, the southern part Monsoon and the south-western corner Tropical Savannah. This make home for at lot of interesting plants and animals. Here are West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus), some of the armadillos like Greater long-nosed armadillo (Dasypus kappleri), the Southern naked-tailed armadillo (Cabassous unicinctus) and Giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus), some of the sloths like Pale-throated three-toed sloth (Bradypus tridactylus), Linnaeus's two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus) and Southern tamandua (Tamandua tetradactyla). Here are quite some primates like Red-handed tamarin (Saguinus midas), Tufted capuchin (Cebus apella), Weeper capuchin (Cebus olivaceus), Common squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus), White-faced saki (Pithecia pithecia), Red-backed bearded saki (Chiropotes chiropotes) and Red-faced spider monkey (Ateles paniscus). Here are Brazilian porcupine (Coendou prehensilis), Red-rumped agouti (Dasyprocta leporina), Red acouchi (Myoprocta acouchy), Lowland paca (Cuniculus paca) and a lot of bats!
Among the larger predators are Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), Oncilla (Leopardus tigrinus), Margay (Leopardus wiedii), Cougar (Puma concolor), Jaguarundi (Puma yagouaroundi), Jaguar (Panthera onca). To name a few dogs; Crab-eating fox (Cerdocyon thous), Bush dog (Speothos venaticus), Crab-eating raccoon (Procyon cancrivorus), South American coati (Nasua nasua), Kinkajou (Potos flavus) and Striped hog-nosed skunk (Conepatus semistriatus). I doubt I see it, but here are some Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris), where I might catch a glimpse of one of the many opossums.
Suriname have around 5.100 species of vascular plants, but I will not be looking for any species in particular.

DIARY
Well, the plan is ready, so am I - except from some work...

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