Wildlife Spotting in Belize
Bird-watchers, nature lovers and underwater photographers will find that nothing beats the up-close-and-personal experiences of spotting wildlife in Belize. Our rainforests and seas are a haven for a myriad of flora and fauna that depend on these protected ecosystems to save them from extinction.
The jaguar is the largest and most powerful cat in the Western Hemisphere, and the the largest spotted cat in the world. They are found throughout Belize in the lowland forests and along the coasts. Jaguars hunt mainly on the ground during the night. Their food consists of everything from mice to birds to tapir! Belize has one of the healthiest populations in Central America, the jaguar is protected from hunting throughout the country. Join one of our trekking expeditions to learn more about these amazing predators.
The Keel-Billed Toucan
The colorful Keel-billed Toucan is the National Bird of Belize and beloved across the country. They are found throughout Belize’s forests, nesting in the holes of tree trunks. They are very social and can often be seen in flocks of six or more birds, an exciting sight for any bird-watcher. Primarily fruit eaters, they enjoy a wide variety of tropical fruits of the forest, and feed by snipping the fruit off the tree or bush and flipping its head back to gulp down the meal. Toucans will also feed on insects, lizards, and sometimes even snakes! You can spot them right here on Ka’ana’s grounds as they raid our fruit trees or learn more on one of our popular Bird-Watching Expeditions.
Black Howler Monkeys
The Black Howler Monkey, known as the “baboon” in Belize, is the largest monkey in Belize and one of the largest in the Americas. Throughout most of its range, the Howler Monkey is endangered from hunting and habitat destruction. Fortunately, Belize has a healthy population of these loudest of primates. Get up close and personal with them when you visit the best little zoo in the world!
The Scarlet Macaw is arguably the most magnificent bird of the parrot family. With their wide strong wings, macaws can reach speeds of 35 miles per hour. They often fly in pairs or small groups and call to each other in raucous hoarse voices. The Scarlet macaw is endangered, a victim of human greed, as many have been taken as a commodity in the pet trade. However, they now find protection in the Belize’s Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.
The whale shark is the largest fish in the world, and one of the largest creatures alive today, with the largest coming in at 40 feet, 7 inches in length, boasting a 4.5 foot wide mouth, a 4.5 foot high dorsal fin, and 6.5 foot long pectoral fins! Whale sharks aggregate during the full moons in April and May to feed on jack and snapper spawn at Gladden Spit off the Placencia coast. Four to six days after these full moons is the best time for a chance to interact with whale sharks. Time it well, and you’ll have an encounter you’ll never forget!