Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary information
The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is Belize’s most famous sanctuary; at 200 sq miles, it’s also one of its biggest protected areas. On some maps the place appears simply as ‘jaguar reserve,’ though despite the moniker your chances of seeing a jaguar here are slight at best. This great swath of tropical forest became the world’s first jaguar sanctuary in 1984, thanks to the efforts of American zoologist Alan Rabinowitz. Today, this critical biological corridor is home to an estimated 40 to 50 jaguars and a vast array of other animal, bird and botanical life. The unpaved, 6-mile road to the sanctuary starts at the village of Maya Centre, on the Southern Hwy 5 miles south of the Hopkins turnoff. The sanctuary office , where you pay admission, is at the end of the road that begins at Maya Centre. The office has trail maps (BZ$5) plus a few gifts, soft drinks and chocolate bars for sale. You can also rent binoculars (BZ$5 per day).