If you're an animal lover, you've likely visited the Belize Zoo, delighting in the animals from the furry to the fierce. But if you're a budding ornithologist more interested in avian species you may be missing out on one of Belize's most stimulating afternoon trips. Deep in the Kontiki hills, you'll find Sarah Mann's Belize Raptor Center, a place to learn about some of the world's apex predators, Raptors. Cherisse Halsall made a day trip to the center where she made friends with a few interesting characters.
We'll bring you the second part of our feature on the Belize Raptor Center tomorrow night, and tell you about poaching, imprinting on humans, and the many other perils causing bird populations to dwindle.
And If you'd like to visit the Belize Raptor Center they're open 6 days a week for free shows and are extremely kid-friendly. You can contact Sarah Mann at 615-0226 to book your 3 pm appointment.
Last night we introduced you to the Belize Raptor Center's bird Ambassadors, a range of raptors both captivating and fierce.
And tonight, we take you back to Sarah Mann's Raptor Center, a place for education but also for rehabilitation:
Bird Ambassador Maya, the center's rarest bird, was bred in the U.S. by Bob Berry's Orange Breasted falcon project. That Center breeds falcons for release in Belize in hopes of increasing the population.
They've also provided the Belize Raptor Center with a recent grant to conduct extensive outreach focused on the Orange Breasted falcon.
And, again, if you'd like your day with the birds you can contact Sarah at the Raptor Center via its Facebook page or by calling 615-0226 to schedule your 3 p.m. bird show.
Belize Raptor Center - Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Conservation This week on Points of Interest, the Belize Raptor Center welcomes us for an exclusive tour around their facilities and to meet their beautiful birds. These animals are all rescues, with the goal of rehabilitating them for release back into the wild, if possible. Huge thank you to Sarah Mann and the whole team down at Belize Raptor Center!!
**EDITOR'S NOTE: The Fer de lance snake is venomous, not poisonous. And Athena is actually an Ornate Hawk Eagle!**
Belize Raptor Center is UnBelizeable, behind the scenes We heard about this place, Belize Raptor Center. They sound like they just have the most amazing thing. They rescue raptor birds like hawk, eagles, and owls. And they rehabilitate and send them back. And they have some that they cannot send back into the wild but then use for educational purposes.
The Belize Raptor Centre A Must Visit for Everyone (Part 1) The Belize Raptor Centre which is a non-profit organization situated in the outskirts of San Ignacio which seeks to educate and inspire visitors on the conservation of raptors. They also rehabilitate injured and orphaned birds of prey It is very interesting since they make the visits very interactive and even give the opportunity for visitors to come in contact where possible with the birds and other animals that are in the Centre.
The Centre offers tours for families and what we found extremely great is that the trained caretakers have a special touch with children and encourage them to handle or touch the birds. With the tour they also offer a lunch which we found very healthy. This is a place I would encourage families to visit with their children. It's a great learning experience for both adults and children.
The Belize Raptor Centre A Must Visit for Everyone (Part 2) This video is a continuation of Part 1 of a series of three videos on our tour to the Belize Raptor Centre. We had a fascinating time watching and getting in close contact with the raptors. Very educational tour indeed. Of much interest is the Xoch (Shoch) which has been deeply ingrained in our culture//folklore that this night owl is linked to death. It has been said that if this owl perches at nigh on a nearby branch to your house and screeches, it signifies that someone in the vicinity will pass away. Actually, this beautiful bird is just catching rats.
The Belize Raptor Centre : Last part of our visit There is much to learn at the Belize Raptor Centre concerning the care, raising and rehabilitation of raptors. We can now understand the importance of raptors such as the John Crow which is generally seen as a bird which only eats carcasses, but there is much more to that wonderful bird. The Xoch is also a bird that carried many negative connotations which are deeply linked to the culture beliefs of the local people as a "bird of death" Indeed this bird is one that helps in the control of pests such as rats. I highly recommend that families visit this centre and learn much about the importance and conservation of raptors. It would be a great learning experience for students.