Animal Encounters in Belize  

by McNab Editorial Team
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Belize is a destination of rich habitat and exotic wildlife
Seeing animals in the wild provide travelers with inspiring, exciting, and life-changing travel experience. If you have an appreciation for nature and animals, Belize is a place to visit. It is home to around 145 species of mammals and 600 bird species 

Here is how you can experience animal encounters in Belize.  

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary 

With an estimated 600 bird species, Belize is an incredible birding destination. There are many fantastic places to bird countrywide. A popular birding destination is Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary. Here you can be introduced to tropical birdlife. Between December and May, migrating bird flog to the sanctuary, making the lagoons, rivers, and swamps their home. The best time to visit for birdwatching would be in April and May when the low level of the waters attract birds feeding in the shallows.  Looking to make a trip? Be sure to pack your binoculars and visit Belize Audubon Society, the sanctuary’s management body, for more information.   

Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm 

Belize has roughly 700 butterfly species. You can learn about these butterfly’s, in particular, the Blue Morpho Butterfly’s by visiting the Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm at Chaa Creek Resort in the Cayo District.  

The Community Baboon Sanctuary 

Belize does not have Baboons, but they do have Black Howler monkeys, which can be found at the Community Baboon Sanctuary. Located, this community has made great strides in preserving the monkey habitat in Belize. You can usually hear the monkeys before you can see them. Visiting this sanctuary makes for the perfect half-day trip from Belize City is roughly an hour’s drive from Belize City.  

Green Iguana Conservation Project  

Over San Ignacio Resort Hotel. At the Green Iguana Conservation Project, visitors are able to learn about these beautiful animals and get to have a personal animal encounter with them.  The venture was set up with the aim to conserve and look after these endangered species and to help educate the public about the role Green Iguanas play in the ecosystem.  

Shark Ray Alley  

Shark Ray Alley is located a short 15-minute boat ride from San Pedro or 30 minute trip from Caye Caulker. This snorkel spot allows you to experience the thrill of swimming with Rays and Nurse Sharks. This area is one of the most popular half snorkel day trip combined with a snorkel at Hol Chan Marine Reserve first before heading over the Shark Ray Alley  

Whale Sharks  

In Belize, you can have the opportunity to swim with Whale Sharks. Although your chances of seeing one has got thinner as the years go by, these majestic beauties venture to  Belize around the months of March – June. You can find them at Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve (GSSCMR) where they come to feed.  This reserve is located roughly 22 miles East of Placencia, is a fantastic snorkel spot as well, with vibrant marine life.  

Written by Louise Roe  

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