Wildlife of Belize
Orchid Bay is home to a natural exotic environment. The surrounding jungle is an explorer’s dream, rich with vegetation, Mayan history, and wildlife like monkey’s, jaguars, and crocodiles. Snorkeling or diving in Belizean waters, you never know what marine life you will see. With Belize as your backyard playground, there’s always something to see or do.
Approximately two-thirds of Belize’s land area is still forested and almost two-fifths of the country’s land is protected in reserves and national parks. Belize’s low population density and extensive protected areas have resulted in some of the most intact ecotourism attractions in the Caribbean. The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve is the world’s first jaguar reserve. This lush jungle of more than 100,000 acres is a must for anyone interested in natural Belize.
The Belize Barrier Reef is the longest coral reef in the Western Hemisphere and is the most complex natural systems on earth. It is home to more than 1,500 species of fish, one-third of the world’s soft corals, 134 species of sharks and rays, six of the world’s seven species of threatened marine turtles, and more than 30 species of dolphins and whales.
The abundance of wildlife is just one reason that nature lovers and adventure seekers are making Belize their new home.