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Black Howler Monkeys, called 'baboon' in the local Creole dialect
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The Community Baboon Sanctuary is a pioneering project in voluntary grassroots conservation. The goal is to sustain the habitat of the Black Howler Monkey (called 'baboon' in the local Creole dialect) while promoting the economic development of the participating communities. The result has been an innovative project in sustainable ecotourism that protects the habitat for the endangered Black Howler Monkey and other species while offering a unique opportunity for visitors to experience the rainforest and witness Black Howler Monkeys in the wild.
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Black Howler Monkeys, called 'baboon' in the local Creole dialect
The endangered Black Howler Monkey has very limited range including Belize, Southern Mexico and Northern Guatemala. It is one of the six howler monkey species found in Central and South America. It is one of two monkeys found in Belize, the other being the spider monkey. One of the most remarkable traits of the howler monkey is its loud, rasping howl, which can be heard roaring across the forest for well over a mile. You will certainly hear this howl as you enter the sanctuary.

The black howler monkey typically lives in troops of 4-12 individuals with a dominant male heading the troop. The monkeys are strictly vegetarian eating a wide variety of leaves, flowers and fruit.

Please consider adopting a monkey, you will receive a handsome certificate of adoption and a photo of a monkey at the sanctuary. All donations, adoptions, and memberships are completely tax deductible in the US!

The Community Baboon Sanctuary is a wonderful place to experience the wonders of a Belizean Rainforest first hand. Guests can interact with nature and enjoy the hospitality of the local community in one of the most innovative and unique community-based ecotourist projects in Central America. The CBS promises a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the adventurous traveler and a unique and pleasant experience for the casual visitor. There are comfortable and welcoming places to stay right at the sanctuary and many opportunities for exciting tours of the surrounding rainforest, river, and wildlife. Tours range from casual nature walks to exciting nighttime crocodile expedition.

Come visit the Museum, a center for not only environmental education but a center of community activities.

The Sanctuary is easy to visit. Itís less than an hour drive from Belize City. If youíre visiting Belize by car, itís an easy and safe drive. If you donít have a car, local tour operators in Belize City offer regular trips to the Sanctuary.

You can camp at the Sanctuary with a small tent, you can stay with a community member in a local Bed and Breakfast, or you can stay in one of the local lodges. The Nature Lodge is adjacent to the Sanctuary museum and restaurant. Complete information on lodging is available here.

Adjacent to the Museum is the Sanctuaryís restaurant where you can enjoy authentic Belizean dishes.

Photograph by Lucinda Turley              
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