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#98292 - 03/05/05 09:45 AM New Wildlife on AC
SimonB Offline
This one's a first for me, last night on the way home from a couple of games of pool at Pedro's Inn I spotted a Tamandua (a Vested Anteater) walking by the side of the road by the high school. At first I thought Peter had been pumping chemicals through the A/C but nope, it was there all right. I followed it quietly for about 5 minutes until it turned into a yard behind the Caye Management building. Wish I'd had a digital camera with me.

Here's a couple of links to pictures of a Tamandua:



A link to information on Tamandua's:


#98293 - 03/05/05 10:27 AM Re: New Wildlife on AC
PattiCake Offline
Wuuuunderful!!! I photographed a bald eagle in a local tree on Thursday. They have been venturing into this little part of Canada for about a decade now and I saw my FIRST on Thursday. Eat your heart out Americans! Many, many of them summer here but now are staying all winter due to the culls from the giant chicken barns we run around here.

You folks are on a island though. Unknown/new wildlife would be strange. Are any of the five big cats (jags, ocelots,jaguarundi,margay, puma) on AC? Do you have flying foxes? When the guides say bats, what sort of bats are there?

#98294 - 03/05/05 10:35 AM Re: New Wildlife on AC
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#98295 - 03/05/05 12:14 PM Re: New Wildlife on AC
SimonB Offline
Most definitely ants bear, seen plenty of quash and even hand raised an orphan while I lived at Lamanai. Even out there anteaters are pretty rare, I only recall seeing 2 or 3 in 3 years.

I was talking to Robbie of "Chuck and Robbie" this morning and he said he'd seen one out at the reef one day, it was North wind and he figured it had fallen in the water somewhere up in the North end and had drifted down.

#98296 - 03/05/05 12:42 PM Re: New Wildlife on AC
Katie Valk Offline
Not sure who else has done this or when it was last done, but the Belize Zoo collected scat on the northern portion of the island and has an impressive list of creatures, including, I think, an ocelot or ocelot and margay. And remember, people think they can keep these wild animals as pets, who then get dumped as their behavior (naturally) becomes too unruly for the condo. For bat info, contact Belize Audubon or the Zoo. I'm sure someone has collected in mist nets and has data. No flying foxes.
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#98297 - 03/05/05 02:21 PM Re: New Wildlife on AC
SimonB Offline
Brock Fenton did a lot of bat research out of Lamanai Outpost Lodge using mist nets. I believe there is still research going on and that someone was down recently. Lots of research continues to go on at Lamanai. I participated in Crocodile studies with the guys from Texas Tech, now that was an adventure.

Brock penned several books on bats that can be found online through amazon.com.

There are plenty of Deer on the North end so it wouldn't suprise me that the rumours of Jaguars are true.

#98298 - 03/05/05 10:54 PM Re: New Wildlife on AC
LaurieMar Offline
That is pretty cool. I think the little guy is "lost in San Pedro". I saw a several of these Anteaters in Costa Rica out near Arenal Lake, just walking along the side of the highway in the afternoon. I learned that they are generally nocturnal and seen mostly in rain forest environments because the like to climb trees, but also forages on the ground. They can be mean little suckers - strong and sharp front claws.

When I was in San Pedro last August, I saw a Belizean teenager with a coati on a leash, walking it on the beach. I saw lots of these in the wild that day in Costa Rica and they also live in rainforests. I wondered how the animal got on the island. Then again, anteaters and coatis only live in Central and South America.

#98299 - 03/06/05 01:31 AM Re: New Wildlife on AC
SP Daily Offline
This is not really an island but rather a peninsula of the Yucatan, and all these animals are part of the normal ecology here.

#98300 - 03/06/05 10:19 AM Re: New Wildlife on AC
GailM Offline
Jesse is right, northern Ambergris is considered part of the Wildlife corridor from the Yucatan and a survey of the wildlife was done in the mid 90's when Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve was being established (I served on the advisory committee when I worked at UB back then). I can't remember correctly all the terrestrial species that were documented but I know evidence of one or two species of cats were listed. I think I have a copy of the report but can't find it at the moment - it might be in Belize with my Belize stuff.

#98301 - 03/08/05 09:51 AM Re: New Wildlife on AC
Amanda Syme Offline
The first time I saw an antbear on the island was a few weeks ago. It was on a rope and a bunch of construction workers were trying to get it to do tricks. I was very upset thinking about that poor animal out of its natural environment, being prodded at all day long.

Maybe he escaped!!!

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