I’M LUCKY. I have the best job in the world and it comes with offices scattered all over Belize. Best of all, you get to come along. One of my offices sits 140 feet in the sky at Ox Witz Ha (Place of Three Hills) and was built by some of the oldest construction workers in the world, the ancient Maya. I am on the top of Caana (Sky Palace) in the Maya city now known as Caracol.
I just returned from an amazing educational adventure in Belize. It was a cross between “Survivor” and National Geographic. I went as a part of my Master’s in Conservation program that combines summer field experiences with collaborative projects. I climbed Maya temples, explored caves, snorkeled the coral reef, hiked through rainforests, chased howler monkeys and much more. I also attended lectures from conservationists, did daily inquiry projects and engaged with local communities.
Today’s picture of the day is the Yucatan Black Howler Monkey and its scientific name is Alouatta pigra. This specie loves evergreen and semi-deciduous forests, remnant forest along rivers, and tall second growth. It is common throughout Belize, parts of Mexico and Guatemala unlike its relative the Mantled Howler Monkey – Alouata palliate – a little smaller specie which occurs mainly in Costa Rica.
Another wonderful animal, indigenous to Belize, is the “baboon” – now, don’t worry, due to a strange twist in the … Keep Reading…