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“Feeding Howler monkeys”

Community Baboon Sanctuary
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Altun Ha and Howler Monkey Sanctuary Tour
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Community Baboon Sanctuary is one of the first of its kind in the the world in terms of how it is set up. It is a Non Governmental,community base organization which is manage by the Women's Conservation Group(Local women from the area). The Community Baboon Sanctuary is home to more than 3500 howler monkeys and over 250 species of birds. A wide variety of other animals frequent the area..
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Our hotel was near the sanctuary so a driver took us and waited for us. Our guide, Robert, walked us through a really pretty area that opened up to a park-like area. Once he spotted howler monkeys, he began calling, "Come" and sure enough several monkeys, including a baby, came down from the tree tops right to us. We were able to feed them bananas and cashews. It was a really fun and unique experience. The cost was only $7.00 and well worth it!

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Reviewed 25 April 2014

This was a wonderful experience. Our guide used cashew fruit to bring a male monkey with 3 females and their babies. There are accustomed to humans, so they came right up to us. It was nice to see them in the wild and not in a zoo cage.

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

We have been upclose with Howlers in Costa Rica and in Panama, in slightly more natural settings. We were not disappointed here -- like others, we took the walk from the hut where donations are solicited down the road and across the vacant lot into the "jungle" wooded area where the paths had been recently swept clean.

Along the way our guide Robert jumped the fence and pulled some fruit off a neighbors tree so he would have something in hand to attract the monkeys. Kind of felt like going out in someones back yard and walking among the trees behind the house -- not much around but we were maybe 100 to 200 yards from the road with traffic and planes going by -- not remote or exotic, but the monologue was informative and the Howlers became lively when they saw the fruit. Took pictures and walked back out and up the road back to the hut where we were again reminded about the donation box. The sign on the wall said WWF but couldn't see much in the way of any substantial investment in the property (maybe the primitive condition of the facility and the displays is intentional) and not clear why it was across the street instead of on the vacant lot at the corner where the path enters the woods.

Belize is a beautiful country and it is great that they have set the land aside for the Howlers. My expectation was something on par with El Yunque Rain Forest in Puerto Rico with extensive trails for self guided hikes where you can sit or eat at leisure. This was a short (15 minutes) walk across the street and back that was interesting, but more of a stop along the road to something else for the day -- no need to plan on spending any length of time here.

1  Thank BomMenino
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Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

Our family of 6 including 2 children ages 12 and 14 loved our tour of the Community Baboon Sanctuary. This exceeded our expectation. It cost $7 US per person which was much better then $50 if our hotel arranged the tour. Our guide was fantastic. We had Howler Monkeys climbing down vines onto our shoulders and eat fruit from our hands. Our guide was extremely knowledable and told us all about the native plants and how the people used them for medicine. This is a wonderful cause to support. Don't stop at the first guide you come to. Go to the visitor center so your money goes to support the sanctuary.

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Reviewed 10 April 2014

You can go to 1000 restaurants, hikes, ziplines, etc., but you cannot find another place like this. You go on a 30-40 min walk through the jungle, and it feels like a live Nat Geo show. Robert was a great guide, and we got to hang out with the monkeys.

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