Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Belizean Wildlife!

Although tiny, Belize boasts some of the most impressive biodiversity in all of Central America... tapirs, spider monkeys, exotic birds, reptiles and insects make up what is truly a wonderful refuge for wildlife. This is not to say that Belize does not have its fair share of ecological woes, Macaws for example are nearly extinct due to the exotic bird trade and poor water management has threatened many areas of the tiny nation... however even with all this said, due to its low population density and low level of industry there are still sizable regions of the country which remain practically pristine. I hope you enjoy the photos, they are not particularly technically excellent but I still feel they give a good feel for the biodiversity which can be found!

Couple small species of lizard which seem to be much more prominent than the large Toloc Iguanas found in Yucatan.

A couplephotos of the same Keel Billed Toucan from Xunantunich (the national bird of Belize!)

Gorgeous little Toucanet... one of my favorite tropical birds

The Montezuma Oropendola and its enormous nests!

Howler Monkeys, a true staple of Central American rain forests.

The Tapir is affectionately known in Belize as River Cow (it is Belizes national animal) They are fairly easy to spot due to their large size, however once they have spotted you they tend to just run straight in to the bush (I suspect they are very good at turning with those masively dense bodies).

The amazingly agile and always welcome Spider Monkey!

Little flycatcher munching on some nice little red fruit.

Anyway that is all for now, I hope you enjoyed the photos!

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