Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
Its History, Flora, and Fauna for Visitors, Teachers and Scientists
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.