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    The CBS Newsletter is out for March 2013

    The Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS) is getting ready to complete its Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Small Grant Project entitled “Promoting Environmental Conservation Through Community Mobilization in the Community Baboon Sanctuary”. This project was launched on 18th March 2012 and has as its main goal to enhance thesustainable development of the CBS and the surrounding communities. […]

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    Come Visit the CBS

    The CBS is a wonderful place to experience the wonders of a Belizean Rainforest first hand. Guests can interact with nature and enjoy the hospitality of the local community in one of the most innovative and unique community-based ecotourist projects in Central America. The CBS promises a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the adventurous traveler and a […]

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    Baboon Sanctuary Greenhouse Project 2012

    Remember Hurricane Richard? It slammed Belize last October. One writer describe it as this: “Demolished, topless and water-drenched homes, uprooted trees, downed power-lines, mangled signs and billboards, and scattered zinc and debris were the evidence that Hurricane Richard left today in its aftermath…”1 There was a lot of damaged and the long road to rebuilding […]

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    Community Development and Mobilization Project funded by PACT, Belize

    The Community Baboon Sanctuary through funding from the PACT Small Grant is implementing a new project aimed at protecting the population of howler monkeys and other endangered species in the area and the ecosystems in which they live. The main activities under this project are:

  • A look into the Community Baboon Sanctuary

    The Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS) was founded in 1985 by Dr. Robert Horwich, an American Primatologist and Fallet Young, a landowner in Bermudian Landing. It started with just 12 landowners and today it has the support of over 200 private landowners in seven different villages. The population of the Black Howler Monkeys has grown to […]

About the CBS

The Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS) is a pioneering project in voluntary grassroots conservation. The goal is to sustain the habitat of the Black Howler Monkey (called ‘baboon’ in the local Creole dialect) while promoting the economic development of the participating communities. The result has been an innovative project in sustainable ecotourism that protects the habitat for the endangered Black Howler Monkey and other species while offering a unique opportunity for visitors to experience the rainforest and witness Black Howler Monkeys in the wild.

Over 200 private landowners in seven villages, stretching over 20 square miles, have voluntarily pledged to conserve their land for the protection of the Black Howler Monkey habitat. Many of these landowners benefit directly from the Sanctuary thanks to ecotourism. Many more benefit indirectly through the educational programs. Moreover, the population of the Black Howler Monkey in the Sanctuary has risen to over 2,000 monkeys.

With four main goals — Conservation, Education, Research, and Tourism — the CBS has become a model for other such sanctuaries throughout the world. The Sanctuary was founded by Dr. Robert Horwich, an American primatologist and Fallet Young, a landowner in the village of Bermudian Landing, in 1985 with the initial participation of 12 landowners. As it has grown, it has helped ensure the protection of not just Black Howler Monkeys, but many species of flora and fauna in the area. In 1998, the Women’s Conservation Group was formed, which currently manages the CBS.

The greatest threat to the monkeys continues to be habitat disturbance due to agriculture, logging and hunting. The Sanctuary was established to help address this threat by showing landowners the benefits of preserving their lands for the monkeys. The CBS works to make sustainable tourism an attractive alternative to destructive land management practices. At the same time, the Sanctuary helps educate both the local community and visitors about the importance of biodiversity and sustainability.

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The CBS Newsletter is out for March 2013

The Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS) is getting ready to complete its Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Small Grant Project entitled “Promoting Environmental Conservation Through Community Mobilization in the Community Baboon Sanctuary”. This project was launched on 18th March 2012 and has as its main goal to enhance thesustainable development of the CBS and the surrounding communities. […]

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Come Visit the CBS

The CBS is a wonderful place to experience the wonders of a Belizean Rainforest first hand. Guests can interact with nature and enjoy the hospitality of the local community in one of the most innovative and unique community-based ecotourist projects in Central America. The CBS promises a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the adventurous traveler and a […]

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