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Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary

Its History, Flora, and Fauna for Visitors, Teachers and Scientists

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The Cockscomb Basin is a 400 km  protected area of tropical forest in Belize and includes the headwaters of two rivers.  In 1986, I spent four months documenting the flora, fauna, and physical conditions of the reserve when it was first being established as part of my Master's thesis.  Educator Katherine Emmons was preparing a guide about the natural history of the Cockscomb Basin for tourists and school groups.  She asked if I would be a co-author since I knew the area well.  The book contains chapters on reserve history, vegetation, birds, mammals and other wildlife, as well as a teacher's guide and tips for visitors.  The Jaguar is highlighted since that is the animal for which the Cockscomb Basin is most famous.  


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