Biodiversity continues to flourish in the Rio Bravo Conservation Management Area in Belize, as three new camera traps captured a variety of exciting species this summer.
The cameras were set up in May by Programme for Belize and have already snapped Bare-throated Tiger Heron, Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata), Agouti (Dasyprocta punctata) and Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis). Camera traps are a fantastic gateway to observe wildlife with minimal interference and it is always exciting to receive updates from our partners across the world.
WLT, was originally launched in 1989 as a single project and was the UK part of Programme for Belize. Indeed, the purpose of WLT’s very first fundraising appeal was to purchase land able to create the Rio Bravo Conservation Management Area – so we are delighted to hear that it is continuing to go from strength to strength.
Interestingly, a Jaguar (Panthera onca) fondly known as ‘Short-tail’, was first seen in Hill Bank in the Rio Bravo reserve in 2009 and has since roamed quite a distance – even crossing the border into Guatemala through currently unprotected forests (as shown in the map below). Short-tail’s epic voyage over the years has highlighted the importance of transboundary conservation, a crucial process for wildlife to roam freely across the political boundaries they cannot see as they travel around, as well as the vital importance of protecting the remaining forests in this region.
Camera traps provide the tools to monitor species in their habitat and collect data for further research. These devices are a vital but expensive piece of conservation equipment. Donations from WLT supporters are critical to boost important conservation work by allowing rangers to monitor wildlife activity in their reserves and beyond – and delivering inspiring updates such as this in the process.
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