Community Baboon Sanctuary

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A unique conservation effort brings together eight villages to protect the population and habitat of Belize's Black Howler Monkey, affectionately called "baboons" by the locals. The Black Howler Monkey is the largest monkey in the Americas, and found only in a small section of Central America. Located within an area of approximately 20 square miles, straddling the Belize River, the Community Baboon Sanctuary combines dense jungle with farmland, pasture, and small village life. In addition to providing sanctuary for the monkeys, the conservation program here encompasses protecting the trees that provide food for the monkeys, preserving the forest along the riverbanks to prevent erosion and siltation, and maintaining corridors of habitat around pastures and farms. You can often hear the mysterious, rasping roar of the monkeys in the distance, as soon as you get out of your vehicle. The Centre is an educational, jungle exhibit-type museum that demonstrates the interesting features and facts on the area.

Tour departs: 6 am

Drive time: 2.5 hours each way

What to wear/bring: Shorts, t-shirt, hiking shoes or good sandals, hat, swim suit, beach towel, sunglasses, sunscreen, repellent, US or BZ dollars for petty cash.

Not included: entry fees, lunch.