Wildlife in Belizean Northern Heights

The wildlife parks and sanctuaries spread far and wide across the Northern Belize. These are safeguarded by the Belize government from human encroachment in order to preserve the diverse ecosystems thriving and flourishing here. Many endangered and rare species inhabit the wild jungles of Northern Belize.

Community Baboon Sanctuary

The Baboon Sanctuary rests aside the Belize River and the forests here are populated by the howler monkey known popularly as “Baboon” and the spider monkey. The monkey habitats are completely secured here. The forests here are abundant in fruits and leaves due to which the Baboon population is ever growing here.

Belizean Wild Cats

The roars of Puma, Jaguar, Puma, Ocelot, Margay and Jaquarundi echo in the jungles of northern Belize. These areas have the largest wild cat population as the natural preys of these wild cats are found in abundance.

The Wonders in Savannas

Keel Billed Toucan, the national bird of Belize is found in abundance in the pine ridges and savannas of northern Belize. The Blue-Crowned Motmot, the Yellow-Headed Parrot, the King Vulture, the Forked-Tailed Flycatcher, the White Flycatcher, the Aplomado Falcon, the Montezuma, Orependola, large Occellated Turkey and the great Tinamou can be found in the dense canopy of trees here. Grey Fox and Nine-Banded Armadillo feeding on ants, termites and insects can be sighted here. Reptiles like the anole Lizard, Rainbow Ameiva and the cane toad can be found crawling here. Puma is the most dangerous predator found in the savannas here. The best time to view the Savanna wildlife is early dusk and late afternoon.

The Waterside Wildlife

The Savanna wildlife and the wildlife near the freshwater reserves, lagoons, wetlands and swamps have quite a bit resemblance. The animal food sources are abundant in these areas.

Flocks of Woodstorks, Ibis, Herons, Spoonbills, Egrets, Agami, Rails, Cormorants, Anhingas and Bare-Throated Tiger Herons can be found swirling in the air here and eyeing for food. Snail Kite, a rare predator bird capable of extracting the Apple Snail from its shell is always flying for a kill here.

The waterways of northern Belize are inhabited by Hickatee Turtle and the Mocelet Crocodiles. These crocodiles live in the inland lagoons and rivers and their primary preys are small mammals and birds along the shore.

The West Indian Manatee is the most beautiful and fascinating mammal found while exploring the coastal mangrove habitats. These endangered species feed on the turtle grasses of the shallows around the mangrove islands along the northern coast. Variety of birds, reptiles, mammals and invertebrates enjoy the protection provided by the mangroves.

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

More than 300 species of birds have been witnessed as nesting in the area. The reserve’s most illustrated visitor is the jabiru stork, one of the largest flying birds in the new world, which come to breed between November and April. The sanctuary is also home to howler monkeys, crocodiles, freshwater turtles and iguanas.

The Corozal and the Orange Walk are the major districts which include these beautiful canopies of forests. There are many planned communities located in these districts which provide accommodation while touring the fascinating wildlife of Northern Belize.

Set your self loose and enjoy the jungles here like the king of jungle.

Source by Melissa Snyte

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