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Wildtracks, protecting our vulnerable species #458206
02/17/13 08:19 AM
02/17/13 08:19 AM
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Marty Offline OP

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Wildtracks, protecting our vulnerable species

Wildtracks 4Belize is a natural jewel housing some of the most extraordinary flora and fauna. With the immense square footage of forest and marine waters it is almost impossible to properly protect our natural resources. With the increasing amount of hunting and boat activity, some of Belize’s once thriving species are now dwindling in numbers. Three species that have been placed on the endangered list are the Manatee, Howler Monkeys and Spider Monkeys. These animals are continuously being further endangered because of deforestation, fast boating and poaching. As such, it is extremely necessary for immediate action to be taken to alleviate the problem.

Wildtracks Conservation, Education and Research Center is working tirelessly toward sustaining the natural resources of Belize and has been since 1996. Wildtracks is a non-profit organization supported fully by volunteer workers and donations by generous sponsors.

Their facility is based in the Corozal Bay Wildlife Reserve south of the nearby village of Sarteneja in the Corozal District. Wildtracks goals include the rehabilitation and release of rescued manatees and monkeys to the wild in order to sustain the population.

Wildtracks 8Currently there are two manatees and 24 monkeys residing in the center. Wildtracks primarily focuses on the conservation of the West Indian manatee, the Yucatan black howler monkey and Geoffroy’s spider monkeys, but are willing to admit other animals if the resources are available.

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Re: Wildtracks, protecting our vulnerable species [Re: Marty] #458405
02/20/13 07:40 AM
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Belize Audubon Society proudly announces the James A. Waight Awardee for 2013, Wildtracks. Wildtracks is a non-governmental conservation organization, located in Sarteneja, Corozal. Since its establishment in 1991, co-founders Paul and Zoe Walker have, in collaboration with the Fireburn Community, opened and manage the Fire burn Private Reserve to protect the rich flora and fauna species pre-dominant in that area. Their love for mammal conservation and the need for such facilities, lead them to build a Manatee Rehabilitation Center and Primate Rehabilitation Program. In addition, the Walkers were instrumental in the establishment of the Shipstern Nature Reserve and continue to provide technical assistance and management support for the Corozal Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. The work of Wildtracks is exemplary; we wish them well as they move toward their vision of a positive sustainable future for our natural resources. The prestigious James A. Waight award, named after the Society's first president, is given annually on the anniversary of his birthday, February 16th, to organizations or individuals in recognition of positive work in the protection and enhancement of Belize's environment.

Re: Wildtracks, protecting our vulnerable species [Re: Marty] #458937
02/26/13 08:52 AM
02/26/13 08:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Marty
Belize Audubon Society proudly announces the James A. Waight Awardee for 2013, Wildtracks.

Paul and Zoe Walker really do deserve this award. Congratulations to them and to their organisation.

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