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Our Central Wildlife Corridor Gets Attention!

Thousands of people are admiring the beautiful billboard located along the Western Highway which broadcasts the Wildlife Corridor of Central Belize.   The stunning photo of the margay cat, a resident of these important lands, was taken by photographer Carol Farneti-Foster.  Carol, along with her photo assistant at times, niece Aleacia Jensen, kindly agreed to be a part of this photograph. Both are  big fans of the Corridor concept and of course, they  love one of the special places found within the Wildlife Corridor, The Belize Zoo!


On the opposite side of the billboard is an attractive painting showing the Wildlife Corridor, and this was provided by long-time Belizean resident artist, Carolyn Carr.   Both images reflect the beauty and the importance of these remaining wild lands in Belize.

If it were not for the Wildlife Corridor, there would be no Jabiru stork breeding going on in the neighborhood.   Our Jabirus have a great affection for the savanna lands within the Corridor, and this small population of magnificent birds is being supported by the Central Wildlife Corridor.

 Recently, two of our resident Jaguars, living happily in our Problem Jaguar Rehabilitation off-exhibit area, have been calling.  They have an unmistakable loud, hoarse grunting vocalization. To our surprise, we have heard response calls coming from south of The Belize Zoo!    Somewhere, within the Wildlife Corridor surrounding our animal kingdom, lives a wild Jaguar who is in communication with our zoo residents!

Uncommon and rare species of animals depend on these lands to keep on keepin’ on in Belize.   Besides Jaguars and Jabiru, other animals call the Wildlife Corridor home, too.  The not-so-common Savanna Vulture, or Yellow-headed vulture, enjoys living in this area.   While we always associate john crows with eating dead and decaying meat, or carrion, these graceful-flying birds have been observed eating palm fruits!

We can’t dismiss our stately National Animal from the Wildlife Corridor line up.   The Central American tapir, an endangered species, finds lots of food to eat and places to swim within these lands.   Our celebrity tapir, Tambo, was born in the Central Wildlife Corridor.   Although his fate was to not be a tapir-in-the wild, Tambo’s origins show us the important role these lands play in order to keep our mountain cows thriving in Belize.

The Belize Forest Department and their many partners, are continuing to put much effort into seeing that the Central Belize Wildlife Corridor maintains its integrity, supporting the conservation of the many plants and animals who call this vital landscape, home sweet home.


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