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Community Baboon Sanctuary

Community Baboon Sanctuary Review

Spanning a 20-mi (32-km) stretch of the Belize River, the reserve was established in 1985 by a group of local farmers. The howler monkey—an agile bundle of black fur with a disturbing roar—was then zealously hunted throughout Central America and was facing extinction. Today the sanctuary is home, on some 200 private properties, to more than 2,000 black howler monkeys, as well as numerous species of birds and mammals. Thanks to ongoing conservation efforts countrywide, you can see the howler monkeys in a number of other areas, including at Lamanai in northern Belize, along the Macal, Mopan, and Belize rivers in western Belize, near Monkey River and around Punta Gorda in southern Belize. Exploring the Community Baboon Sanctuary is easy, thanks to about 3 mi (5 km) of trails that start near a small museum and visitor center. The admission fee includes a 45-minute guided nature tour during which you definitely will see howlers.

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  • Address: Community Baboon Sanctuary, 31 mi (50 km) northwest of Belize City, Bermudian Village
  • Phone: 249/2009
  • Cost: BZ$14 per person (includes admission to visitor center and a guided monkey spotting tour); night hike BZ$24 per person
  • Hours: Daily 8–5
  • Website:
  • Location: Belize City
Updated: 09-26-2013

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