Belize and Guatemala are home to many species.

One of the best places to see animals is at the Belize Zoo.

Spider Monkey, Ateles cf geoffroyi vellerosus

Hanging from Tree On a branch

These spider monkeys were at the Belize Zoo.

Howler Monkey, Alouatta pigra

In a tree Hanging Eating leaves

The local people call them Baboons. We saw them several places. They were near the road on the way to Tikal. They were in the Belize Zoo. And they were at Baboon Sanctuary, which is a privately owned area.

Jaguar, Panthera onca

Female Male Close-up

The Belize Zoo has two Jaguars. The female is black (if you look very closely you can see that she does have spots). The male is in the more traditional spotted colors.

Jaguarundi, Puma yagouaroundi


The zoo also has a Jaguarundi. It was hiding and this was the only photograph we were able to get.


On a hand

If you want to know whose hand this is, check the Tikal page. In reality the tarantula is not that poisonous.

Short-tailed Fruit Bats, Carollia cf subrufa

Fruit Bats

These bats were in a cave at Chechem Ha.

American Crocodile, Crocodylus acutus


The crocodile was at the zoo, but in a bad position. We could only get a clean photograph of the head.

White-Tailed Deer, Odocoileus virginianus

Male Female

These were at the Belize Zoo. They liked to hide in the trees.


White-lipped Peccary

This is a white-lipped peccary, Tayassu pecari.

Collared Peccary

And this is a collared peccary, Pecari tajacu. We saw them both at the Belize Zoo.

Cave Spider


We saw this in Chechem Ha. They call it a spider, but it is actually more closely related to scorpions.



This was also in the caves at Chechem Ha.

Unidentified Lizard


We found this lizard on the path to the Chechem Ha cave.

Ctenosaur, Ctenosaura similus


The name makes it sound like a dinosaur. They are also called the Black Spiny-tailed Iguana. We photographed this one on Turneffe Atoll.

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