Category: Belize

The Elusive Ocelot

One of the most recognizable of all the small cats of Central America, the ocelot – known also as the Painted Leopard, Field Tiger, or Dwarf Leopard – is one of the most common cats of Belize, yet also one of the hardest to spot. Nocturnal by nature and prone …

Jaguarundi: The Otter Cats of Belize

Looking like a cross between a house cat and a weasel is the jaguarundi (Herpailurus yaguarondi), one of the smallest – and least studied – of Belize’s wild cats. While big cats, such as  the jaguars and pumas,  often steal the spotlight from their smaller feline cousins, these often-overlooked cats …

The Pumas of Belize

Mountain Lion, Catamount, Florida Panther, Cougar – across the Americas, from Canada to the tip of Argentina, these several names have each referred to the same animal: Puma concular, or puma. Often incorrectly thought of as exclusive to the mountains of North America, the puma in fact also prowls the …

Exploring Fire Coral

For divers and snorkelers in the warm, shallow waters of the Caribbean, Fire Coral is a well-known menace. Appearing to the untrained eye like a simple brown coral or green-yellow seaweed, Fire Coral is infamous for causing an incredibly painful burning sensation on contact with the skin on during just …

Don’t Just Vacation – Become an Ecotourist!

Everyone’s always talking about how much they need a vacation. They yearn for a nice, peaceful time to forget about the stressors of everyday life, and to just relax in a new atmosphere. But, do you ever take the time to research an environment before you visit? I don’t mean …

The Coral Reefs of Belize

The Belize Barrier Reef is a system of coral reefs stretching roughly 190 miles (305 kilometers) along the coast of Belize. It is the second largest reef system in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef in the Coral Sea of Australia. Designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in …

Leaf Cutter Ants: Farmers of the Forest

Walk through the forests of Belize, and you might spy dozens of small brown ants scurrying across the forest floor, each carrying a single, perfectly cut leaf. These are leaf-cutter ants, a name that applies to a collection of several antspecies native to Central and South America. With powerful jaws …