I discovered that I came to Belize during the rainy season which means we've had rains about every other day although today we had a downpour around lunch time rather than at night. Of course, hurricane Ian just hit Florida, after doing significant damage to Cuba. The other day, I took a tour to the local Mayan ruins in the morning and stopped for a visit at the community baboon sanctuary. Both places were awesome.
The ruins are called Altun Ha which is a short drive outside of Belize City. This was not a major site but most likely a small town with 8,000 to 10,000 people.
From there we drove a short bit and went to the Community Baboon Sanctuary. This sanctuary houses Black Howler Monkeys and not baboons but the British called the monkey's baboons and it kind of stuck. This sanctuary is actually run by the local villagers without governmental support.
The effort began back in 1981 when two villages got together to set aside strips of land for the monkey's. Around 1986, another 6 villages joined in the effort so that there was now 20 square miles of natural jungle for the animals. They believe there are 4,000 to 5,000 black howler monkey's in the area.
This way, the local residents are able to do their thing while the monkey's have access to their native habitat and can live nicely.