Photographer's Note

Tapir of Guyana : Tapir is famous nickname of locally produced passenger car for local transport. A tapir is a small box shaped mini bus which should carry 7 passengers. Fares for both forms of transport are fixed by the Government and based on a fare stage system. There are only a few taxis in the Corriverton area and very few people own private cars. Driving on the roads is dangerous, especially at night. Cows, horses, donkeys, pigs and goats are allowed to wander freely on the highway and pose a continual danger to traffic. In addition many of the mini-bus and tapir drivers race for fares.

At night people often ride cycles without lights and many other forms of transport have inadequate lighting.

1960's British cars and trucks are common. The Bedford truck is the most popular form of heavy transport.

Corriverton : Corriverton is the most easterly town in Guyana. Located at the wide mouth of the Corentyne River, opposite Nieuw Nickerie, Suriname. It is a modern adminijstrative construction, formed from two older towns, Springlands and Skeldon, and several villages which were named, or rather numbered (e.g. '78'), after their sugar plantations, owned by Bookers.

Corriverton had a population of 11,574, as of the 2002 Census.

A ferry links Corriverton with Nieuw Nickerie.

Corriverton has a mixed populace of Hindus, Christians and Muslims living together in haromoniously. It is the site of many mosques, temples and Churches, and has an excellent educational system.

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