Howler Monkeys at the Belize Baboon Sanctuary by Eric Gropp
The name might sound a bit misleading because there are no baboons in Belize. It’s a term that Belizeans use for black howler monkeys. This is an endangered species that can only be found in Belize, northern Guatemala and southern Mexico.
The Community Baboon Sanctuary is a community-run, grassroots conservation operation that aims to preserve habitat, since loss of habitat is one of the key threats to black howler monkeys. Visitors can choose from day hikes, where you are virtually guaranteed to spot a monkey, to more adventurous night hikes. Laurel, visited this place and spotted 5 howler monkeys in less than an hour.
Monkey species you can find at the Community Baboon Sanctuary: Black howler monkeys.
Wherever you decide to go to observe monkeys in the wild, it’s always a good idea to go with a guide. They know what sounds to listen for, evidence that monkeys were in the area and the monkeys favourite habitat. Furthermore, a good guide will even know their favourite hangout spots! You’ll have a much higher chance of spotting a monkey if you go with a guide!
It’s also worth noting that even if observing monkeys is your primary goal, appreciate whatever you do see, it may not be a monkey, but another species that is almost as fascinating!
Now, tell us your favourite spots for observing monkeys in the wild in Central America in the comments below!
Lourdes is a soon to be lawyer from Guatemala with the mission to explore each corner of the country. Her favourite activity is hiking along with exploring all mountains, forests, caves, volcanoes and all that the region has to offer. Her goal is to reach as many summits around the world as she can. You can also find her on facebook, twitter and instagram.