The Black Howler Monkey, known as Baboon in Creole, is one of the largest monkeys found in the Americas! They are found only in Belize, Mexico, and Guatemala, and one of the healthiest populations is right here in our sanctuary!
The Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS), originated when several small Belizean villages (in the Belize rural valley), banded together to protect the Belize Black Howler monkey's. Locally known as baboons, in the area.
The CBS was established in 1985 by primatologist Dr. Robert Horwhich, plant ecologist Dr. Jon Lyon and local founder Fallet Young, to protect the diminishing Black Howler Monkey population.
The CBS Women's Conservation Group is the managing organization of the CBS which consists of an advisory council and a seven member women executive committee representing the 7 CBS village. Since the establishment of the CBS, the Black Howler Monkey population has grown to well over 3,000.
Onsite there is a small museum and visitor's center. Here you will find a number of good exhibits on howler monkeys, the history of the sanctuary and other wildlife.
Included in the admission fees, is a one hour guided nature walk, where you will get "up-close & personal" to a resident troop of black howler monkey's. Along the way, the guide will also impart his knowledge, of the many jungle plants (which the Mayan's used), for medicinal purposes.
This area is also full of birds, therefore a great bird watcher's spot.