Exploring the Belize National Park That’s Off The Radar

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Map of Mayflower Bocawina National Park
The Mayflower Bocawina National Park was established in 2001. The park consolidated the Commerce Bight and Silk Grass Forest Reserves, a section of the Sittee River Forest Reserve and also include the Three Sister and Bocawina Falls.

Sea Turtle Conservation at Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve, Belize

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Sea Turtle Belize
This week on May 23rd, World Turtle Day was celebrated around the world. It’s the perfect time of year to learn more about these incredible species and raise awareness on turtle conservation. Belize is home to 3 species of sea turtle; the loggerhead, green, and hawksbill turtles. In Belize, sea turtle nesting season runs from May through to September.

Panthera Wildlife Monitoring at Mayflower Bocawina National Park, Belize

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Jaguar Mayflower Bocawina National Park, Belize
Panthera Belize is dedicated to the conservation of the wild cats of Belize and in particular jaguars. Over the winter of 2017/18, Panthera Belize set up trail cameras around the Mayflower Bocawina National Park to monitor the wildlife.

Here is a recap of the important findings from Panthera Belize and some amazing footage from the trail cameras:

Belize Summer Events and Festivals

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San Pedro Lobster Festival Belize
Summers in Belize are full of events, festivals and celebrations showcasing many cultural traditions through food, dance and music. 

Here is our guide to the must-see Belize events and festivals for Summer 2018:

Spring in Belize Sees the Arrival of the Whale Sharks

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Whale Shark Belize
Each spring, whale sharks migrate to a feeding area off the coast of Belize, close to the village of Placencia. Whale sharks are known as the ‘gentle giant’ of the ocean, they are naturally curious and will calmly swim right along a boat or snorkeler. The largest whale shark on record was 40'7" with a mouth that spanned 4.5 feet wide. 

Is swimming with these gentle giants on your bucket list? If so, read on and find out about the best times and ways to see the whale sharks in Belize. 

Celebrating World Tapir Day: 10 Fascinating Facts About The Tapir

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Tapir Belize
In honour of World Tapir Day on April 27 and the recent news from the Belize Zoo announcing the safe arrival of a new baby tapir, we wanted to share some fascinating facts about this intriguing animal.

10 Amazing Facts About the Tapir:

1. The Tapir is the National Animal of Belize

Earth Day 2018 Belize: End Plastic Pollution

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Belize Barrier Reef
Earth Day 2018 is on Sunday, April 22 and this year the focus is on ending plastic pollution.  The Government of Belize recently announced that they will phase out single-use plastic shopping bags, styrofoam and plastic food utensils by Earth Day , 2019.

Cultures of Belize: The Mestizo People

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Mestizo People of Belize
Belize has a population of approx 380,000 and a dynamic culture. Most Belizeans are of mixed descent with people from Kriol, Maya, Garifuna, Mestizo, Mennonites and a blend of many other cultures from Chinese to East Indian.

Here we look at the culture of the Mestizo people in Belize:

Belize Bird-a-Thon - Counting Birds and Fundraising For A Great Cause

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Birding at Bocawina Rainforest Resort, Belize
The 6th Annual Belize Bird-a-Thon is now well underway. This annual fundraising event for the Belize Bird Conservancy takes place each year during the month of April. 

Lodges throughout Belize participate in this fun event, which sees teams competing to see the most bird species in a single day.

This year, there are approximately 20 lodges throughout Belize participating in the event which help raise funds for research and conservation projects for the Belize Bird Conservancy. 

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