Belize Archive

Who are the Garifuna?

In 1635, two Spanish slave ships shipwrecked off the coast of St. Vincent, a Caribbean island just north of South America. The slaves who survived the disaster—mostly from West Africa—took refuge on the island, and …

The Spider Monkeys of Belize

Spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) are one of the largest New World monkeys, they get their name from their tendency to stretch like a spider high up into the trees. They are easy to recognize with their …

Tapirs of Belize

What is a Tapir? The Central American Tapir (Tapirus bairdii), also known as the Baird’s Tapir or Mountain cow, is the largest indigenous mammal in Central America.  They superficially resemble large pigs, with mature adults …

Belize: A Sanctuary for Manatees

Manatees are, if not a common sight, at least a familiar one off Southeastern coasts of the United States. Found most often in the warm Gulf waters of Florida and Louisiana, but also as far …

Cacao: The Mayan “Food of the Gods”

Cacao, the simple bean native to South and Central America, is today a staple of food across the world, giving us such delicacies as milk chocolate, hot chocolate drinks, and chocolate chip cookies, and altogether …

The Lionfish Invasion of Belize

Over the course of human existence various species have been accidentally and intentionally introduced into new environments. This can often lead to serious environmental consequences. The invasive species often push native species into extinction creating …

Growth of the Lionfish Population in the Caribbean

Every population requires similar resources – food, habitat, and reproductive opportunities -in order to survive. If minimum levels of resources are available, members of the population will not be able to achieve their biotic potential. …

Ecological Impact of Lionfish

When invasive species are introduced to a new ecosystem, they often cause a disruption to the natural balance of the ecosystem. The introduction of lionfish into the Atlantic and Caribbean is one of the factors …

Lionfish Invasion of the Caribbean

Over the course of human existence various species have been accidentally and intentionally introduced into new environments. This often leads to serious environmental consequences. Native species are often pushed into extinction by the invasive species, …

Birdwing Grasshoppers in Belize

It is estimated that the rainforest houses over 50% of the biodiversity on Earth.  Scientists believe that there are millions of species still to be found in the rainforests.  Countries like Costa Rica have a …
Helicon

Pic of the Week: Helicon Butterfly Of Belize

The picture below of a tropical Heliconian (also known as a Helicon), a family of butterflies that range from northern Mexico, Florida, and southern Texas to central Peru. Helicons feature a shared curved wing shape …