BABOON SANCTUARY AT
The Community Baboon Sanctuary at Bermudian Landing is the result of the unique efforts of 220 members in nine local communities who have voluntarily agreed to manage their land in ways that will preserve their beloved baboon (the local term for the black howler monkey). Because of community-based efforts to preserve the creature, there are now 4,000 individuals waiting to be spotted and photographed by curious travelers. The Sanctuary feels remote, but in reality, it is only 13 miles from the international airport.
One of the six species of howler monkeys in the world, the black howlers are the largest monkeys in the Americas, and were in danger of becoming extinct. In Mexico, the monkeys were being hunted by the locals for food, and their habitat was fast being eliminated with the destruction of the rainforest. Conditions in Guatemala were only slightly better. Here, too, the monkeys were hunted by locals in the forests around Tikal, and as the forest habitat shrank in the country, so too did the numbers of howler monkeys. In Belize, however, the communities of monkeys were strong and healthy, the forest was intact, and the locals seemed genuinely fond of the noisy creatures. Through the efforts of Zoologist Robert Horwich from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, the World Wildlife Fund, and concerned locals, the Community Baboon Sanctuary was established, and the howler monkeys are now making a strong comeback.
Drive Time from Table Rock: 1½ hours, mostly on paved highway, or 40 minutes from the International Airport
Adventure Level: Easy
This Adventure is available as a Full Day Excursion with the Belize Zoo or as a stop on your way to or from the International Airport.