Belize Archive

The Bees Of The Sea: Snapping Shrimp

On a small island, Carrie Bow Cay, six miles from the coast of Belize lives a colony of very interesting shrimp. Snapping, or pistol shrimp as they are sometimes affectionately named, have complicated social structures …

The Secret of Vanilla

What is Vanilla? Vanilla, a staple in the kitchen and a scent that reminds many of warmth and cookies, is often thought of only as the small black beans that are scraped out of vanilla …

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 …