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.