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COCKSCOMB BASIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY & LIST 

BELIZE

Region (Compass)

Lat:00o00´S/00o00´W ha topography msl 

Protected/registered status 

Best Time for visit (11-14th December, 2004)

 

Birding Site Guide

The entrance to the park is at the small village of Maya Centre south of Dangriga. There is a Mayan Women's Cooperative handicraft shop at the turn-off and they can sell you the entrance ticket which was B$10. They also have a list of accommodation prices in the park and can contact a taxi driver to take you in. There isn't much food available in the park although there is a good kitchen so you should take enough food in with you for the duration of your stay. It is 8km along the gravel road into the park and cost B$30 one-way in the taxi. It would be possible to walk it or hitch with park vehicles if you are lucky. The taxi driver that took me was also a guide and could be hired to take you round the park, although this is not really necessary. In the park, there are several different options for accommodation. It is possible to camp, but I opted for the rustic accommodation which was very reasonable at just B$16 a night. There was no electricity but there were oil lamps which gave some light in the evening. There is a good network of trails and it is definately worth spending a few days here. I was still seeing many new birds in my 3rd day in the park. The park supposedly has one of the highest concentrations of jaguars in the world and it is very easy to see tracks although for the real thing you need a lot of luck. One of the best spots is apparently the access road which the jaguars walk along at night. There is a house at a camp site half way along where you can get a good view along the road. I didn't see any though. I found Great Curassow on the Antelope trail. I also searched for the Keel-billed Motmot on the outlier trail which goes up a steep hill. This is supposedly an overnight trail which you must use guides to visit but I managed it in a day trip but failed to see the motmot. 110 species including 22 lifers.


Species seen

Other Fauna 

A total of -- species of mammals. 

There are -- recorded species of amphibians and reptiles. 

Flora 

Author: Charles Hesse

 

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