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Belize and Guatemala - Page 2 of 8

Female wild Black Howler Monkey carrying young at the Black Howler Monkey Reserve, a cooperative project of villages and landowners who maintain part of their land in a natural state for wildlife.

 

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Everyone dreams of seeing a jaguar in the wild. However, they are nocturnal and very rare, so most of us never will. Our group went to the Belize Zoo, which has native species of Belize. These animals have been orphaned, rescued, donated or were born here. By seeing them up close, the public learns about the need to protect them and their habitats. The jaguar is the largest cat in the New World and is related to leopards, tigers and lions. Itís the only New World member of this family and is threatened or endangered across its range in Central America. Itís the third largest feline in the world after tigers and lions.

 

The zoo attracts many wild birds and animals. It's excellent for birding. Hepatic Tanager on 23 February 2011.

 

Wood Thrush is a neotropical migrant that breeds in North America and spends its winter in Central America. It was feeding on bananas in the deer enclosure at the zoo. 23 February 2011. Wood Thrushes eat a lot of fruit on the wintering grounds.

 

Groove-billed Ani on 23 February 2011

 

Belize River has lowland forest on each side.

 

Neotropic Cormorant on the Belize River on 23 February 2011

 

White-lined bat on a bridge support over the Belize River. 23 February 2011.

 

Vermilion Flycatcher on 23 February 2011

 

This White-tailed Kite perched on the same tree every day beside the road to Black Rock. 24 February 2011.

 

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