Belize Archive

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 …

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 …