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Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary is a national protected area managed by the Belize Audubon Society conserving a large stretch of important wetlands, making it a very popular birding destination—home to 300 recorded species—as well as a wide range of terrestrial and aquatic animals.

34 species of reptiles and amphibians have been recorded in the reserve, including species like the Morelet’s Crocodile and the critically endangered Central American River Turtle. There are also 28 recorded species of mammals, many of them threatened, including Yucatan Black Howler Monkeys, Jaguars, Pumas, Baird’s Tapirs, Neotropical River Otters and, during high water periods of
the wet season, West Indian Manatees.

Crooked Tree is also a prime example of community-based nature tourism and its ability to incentivize conservation. 1,400 people live in Crooked Tree, and the objective is to turn the protected area (and those people’s home) into one of Belize’s premier wildlife and nature tourism destinations.
Accommodations are simple cabanas of varying sizes.