This week on May 23rd, World Turtle Day was celebrated around the world. It’s the perfect time of year to learn more about these incredible species and raise awareness on turtle conservation. Belize is home to 3 species of sea turtle; the loggerhead, green, and hawksbill turtles. In Belize, sea turtle nesting season runs from May through to September.
Panthera Belize is dedicated to the conservation of the wild cats of Belize and in particular jaguars. Over the winter of 2017/18, Panthera Belize set up trail cameras around the Mayflower Bocawina National Park to monitor the wildlife.
Here is a recap of the important findings from Panthera Belize and some amazing footage from the trail cameras:
Summers in Belize are full of events, festivals and celebrations showcasing many cultural traditions through food, dance and music.
Here is our guide to the must-see Belize events and festivals for Summer 2018:
Each spring, whale sharks migrate to a feeding area off the coast of Belize, close to the village of Placencia. Whale sharks are known as the ‘gentle giant’ of the ocean, they are naturally curious and will calmly swim right along a boat or snorkeler. The largest whale shark on record was 40'7" with a mouth that spanned 4.5 feet wide.
Is swimming with these gentle giants on your bucket list? If so, read on and find out about the best times and ways to see the whale sharks in Belize.
In honour of World Tapir Day on April 27 and the recent news from the Belize Zoo announcing the safe arrival of a new baby tapir, we wanted to share some fascinating facts about this intriguing animal.
10 Amazing Facts About the Tapir:
1. The Tapir is the National Animal of Belize
Belize has a population of approx 380,000 and a dynamic culture. Most Belizeans are of mixed descent with people from Kriol, Maya, Garifuna, Mestizo, Mennonites and a blend of many other cultures from Chinese to East Indian.
Here we look at the culture of the Mestizo people in Belize:
The 6th Annual Belize Bird-a-Thon is now well underway. This annual fundraising event for the Belize Bird Conservancy takes place each year during the month of April.
Lodges throughout Belize participate in this fun event, which sees teams competing to see the most bird species in a single day.
This year, there are approximately 20 lodges throughout Belize participating in the event which help raise funds for research and conservation projects for the Belize Bird Conservancy.
Belize is home to some of Central America’s most spectacular bird species, as well as the largest tracts of protected rainforest. With over 600 documented species, Belize is the ideal place to cross off species on your lists, or simply enjoy spending time in nature. Even if you’re just beginning your journey into birding, Belize is a great place to start.