Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve

The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is recognized as the only and largest jaguar preserve in the world…

The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary was declared a protected reserve to protect its dense population of jaguars – approximately 200, the largest concentration in the world. Other wild cats that roam the 100,000 acres of pristine jungles in the sanctuary include the Ocelot, Margay, Puma, and Jaguarundi. The reserve sprawls below the jagged peaks of the Maya Mountains and ranges east towards the sea. Gliding along the rivers is great fun, and there is a honeycomb of nature trails to choose from, many leading to sparkling waterfalls. One notable trail will take you to the top of Benn’s Bluff, a lookout with a panoramic view of the jungle canopy below and the Maya Mountains across the horizon. The lush jungle of the basin is also a birder’s paradise with nearly 300 bird species recorded, including the colorful scarlet macaw. It is also home to Belize’s national animal, Baird’s tapir, the largest terrestrial mammal in Central America. The rainforest itself is a myriad of lush fauna such as giant tree ferns, orchids, air plants and spectacular climbing vines.

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