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As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility Sterling Products Limited offers support to small-scale local manufacturers and producers.
We provide support in the form of technical assistance, marketing and advertising guidance and access to our distribution network. One of the most recent partners is the Balata Animals Project.

Animals indigenous to Guyana are hand-made from Balata and skillfully mounted in groups.

Manilkara bidentata is a species of Manilkara native to a large area of northern South America, Central America and the Caribbean. Common names include balatá, ausubo, massaranduba, and (ambiguously) “cow-tree”.
Balatá is a large tree, growing to 30–45 m tall. The leaves are alternate, elliptical, entire, and 10–20 cm long. The flowers are white, and are produced at the beginning of the rainy season. The fruit is a yellow berry, 3–5 cm in diameter, which is edible; it contains one (occasionally two) seed(s). Its latex is used industrially for products such as chicle.

The latex is extracted in the same manner in which sap is extracted from the rubber tree. It is then dried to form an inelastic rubber-like material. It is almost identical to gutta-percha (produced from a closely related southeast Asian tree), and is sometimes called gutta-balatá.
Balatá was often used in the production of high-quality golf balls, to use as the outer layer of the ball. Balatá-covered balls have a high spin rate, but do not travel as far as most balls with a Surlyn[5] cover. Due to the nondurable nature of the material the golf club strikes, balatá-covered balls do not last long before needing to be replaced. While once favored by professional and low-handicap players, they are now obsolete, replaced by newer Surlyn and urethane technology.

The tree is a hardwood with a red heart, which is used for furniture and as a construction material where it grows. Locals often refer to it as bulletwood for its extremely hard wood, which is so dense that it does not float in water. Drilling is necessary to drive nailed connections. In trade, it is occasionally (and incorrectly) called “brazilwood”.
The fruit, like that of the related sapodilla (M. zapota), is edible.
Though its heartwood may present in a shade of purple, Manilkara bidentata should not be confused with another tropical tree widely known as “purpleheart”, Peltogyne pubescens.

 

Birds of Guyana

hybrid-macawHybrid Macaw

Scientific name:AraSpp
Arais a neotropical genus

Habitat: They are adaptable; the only requirement is sufficient large trees
Diet: Seeds and fruits are major part of their diet. The particular species and range of diet varies

 


yellow-and-blue-macawBlue and Yellow Macaw

Scientific name:Araararauna
Can learn to talk with a general vocabulary of about 15 or more words

Habitat: They are adaptable; the only requirement is sufficient large trees.
Diet: A variety of seeds, nuts and fruits

 


red-shouldered-macawRed Shouldered Macaw


Scientific name
: Aranobilis
Breeding season is from February to June

Habitat: Found in a variety of open wooded habits including savannahs with scattered bushes.
Diet: A variety of seeds, nuts and fruits


woodpecker

Crimson Crested Wood Pecker

Scientific name: CampephiusMelanoleucos
Adult males have a red line from the bill to the throat

Habitat: Forests and open woodland
Diet: wood boring insects and larvae

 


jaibruJabiru

Scientific name: Jabirumycteria
Tallest flying bird in South America

Habitat: near rivers and ponds
Diet: Fresh and dead fish

 


cock-of-the-rockCock of the rock

Scientific name: RupicolaPeruviana
They cannot digest seeds of their fruity meals

Habitat: Mountainous regions on rocky surfaces of cliffs.
Diet: Fruit

 


HoatzinHoatzin

Scientific name: Opisthocomushoazin also known as the Canje Peasant

Habitat: South American Swamps
Diet: Leaves and to a lesser degree fruits

 


harpy-eagle

Harpy Eagle

Scientific name:HarpiaHarpyja
World’s largest and most powerful eagles

Habitat: lower land forest upper canopy area
Diet: Carnivore, preys mainly on sloths, opossums

 


parakeetSun Parakeet or Sun Conure

Scientific name: Aratingasolstitialis
They are sexually monomorphic

Habitat: Savannah and Coastal Forests.
Diet: Fresh seeds


Balata-Animals-91Weeping Capuchin

Scientific name: CebusOlivaceus
Very social, live in troops of 10 to 33 individuals

Habitat: Typical llanos habitat of semi deciduous, dry tropical forests
Diet: Fruits, palm nuts, seeds, berries, and many varieties of small vertebrates

 


Balata-Animals-9Cock of the rock

Scientific name: RupicolaPeruviana
They cannot digest seeds of their fruity meals

Habitat: Mountainous regions on rocky surfaces of cliffs.
Diet: Fruit

 


Howler-Monkey

Howler Monkey

Scientific name: Alouatta
These monkeys are famous for their loud howls, which can travel 3 miles through dense forest.

Habitat: Trees
Diet: Canopy leaves, fruit, buds

 


Giant-AnteaterName: Giant Anteater

Scientific name: Myrmecophagatridactyle
Giant anteaters are good swimmers and are capable of moving through wide rivers.

Habitat: Mainly grasslands and rainforests
Diet:Primarily ants & termites

 


slothName: Three-toed sloth

Scientific name:  Bradypus
Although they move slowly in trees, three-toed slots are agile swimmers.

Habitat: Trees
Diet:Primarily leaves

 


PacaName: Paca

Scientific name:CuniculusPaca
They are large rodents with dots and stripes on their sides, short ears and barely visible tails.

Habitat: Found in rainforests, and even some public parks
Diet: Fruits and leaves.


hybrid-macawHybrid Macaw

Scientific name:AraSpp
Arais a neotropical genus

Habitat: They are adaptable; the only requirement is sufficient large trees
Diet: Seeds and fruits are major part of their diet. The particular species and range of diet varies

 


hybrid-macawHybrid Macaw

Scientific name:AraSpp
Arais a neotropical genus

Habitat: They are adaptable; the only requirement is sufficient large trees
Diet: Seeds and fruits are major part of their diet. The particular species and range of diet varies

 


hybrid-macawHybrid Macaw

Scientific name:AraSpp
Arais a neotropical genus

Habitat: They are adaptable; the only requirement is sufficient large trees
Diet: Seeds and fruits are major part of their diet. The particular species and range of diet varies

 


hybrid-macawHybrid Macaw

Scientific name:AraSpp
Arais a neotropical genus

Habitat: They are adaptable; the only requirement is sufficient large trees
Diet: Seeds and fruits are major part of their diet. The particular species and range of diet varies

 


hybrid-macawHybrid Macaw

Scientific name:AraSpp
Arais a neotropical genus

Habitat: They are adaptable; the only requirement is sufficient large trees
Diet: Seeds and fruits are major part of their diet. The particular species and range of diet varies

 


hybrid-macawHybrid Macaw

Scientific name:AraSpp
Arais a neotropical genus

Habitat: They are adaptable; the only requirement is sufficient large trees
Diet: Seeds and fruits are major part of their diet. The particular species and range of diet varies

 


hybrid-macawHybrid Macaw

Scientific name:AraSpp
Arais a neotropical genus

Habitat: They are adaptable; the only requirement is sufficient large trees
Diet: Seeds and fruits are major part of their diet. The particular species and range of diet varies

 

 

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