2014 expedition to the Churum Falls.
The 2014 expedition to the summit of Auyan Tepui was the first major endeavor of Biokryptos to establish ourselves in the Kamarata Valley, and to conduct field work on a tepui summit. It was the result of hard work and dedicated planning on the part of Vittorio Assandria, Paul Stanley, Alberto Pomares, Daniel Abrigal, and our Pemon expedition leaders Santos and Arturo Berti. The purpose of the 2014 Auyan Tepui Expedition was to find and photograph the Churum Falls from the summit, a feat which has never before been accomplished. The expedition also served as a testing ground for the methodology established during the 2012 Auyan Tepui camera trapping study, which resulted in the identification of a crab-eating fox on the talus slopes of Auyan at Campo Guayaraca, and subsequent publication of that observation in the IUCN journal Canid Biology.
The 2014 Auyan Tepui expedition was a tremendous success; we obtained images of the Guiana Shield endemic possum Didelphis imperfectis at Campo Dragon, as well as photographs of mammal footprints in the same area. The ground work established during the 2014 expedition, including interviews with Pemon guides, paved the way for the establishment of Tepui Watch 2014. By establishing the technology for information exchange methodology, as well as developing interest in the Pemon community for using camera traps and GIS technology, we were able to start this momentous project. Through the continued support of our team members and Pemon experts, we plan to build on the success of Auyan Tepui 2014 with a larger expedition to more remote locations on Auyan in late 2015-early 2016, which we accomplished by placing camera traps at the lagoon which feeds Angel Falls.