The Community Baboon Sanctuary

Community Baboon Sanctuary Visitor Centre and Museum in Belize

The Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS) originated when several small Belizean villages in the Belize Rural Valley banded together to protect the Black Howler Monkeys (locally known as Baboon) that resided in the area.

The sanctuary was established in 1985 by primatologist Dr. Robert Horwhich, plant ecologist Dr. Jon Lyon and local founder Fallet Young. The CBS Women’s Conservation Group is the managing organization and it consists of an advisory council and a seven member women executive committee that represents the seven villages in the area. Since the establishment of the CBS, the Howler Monkey population has grown to well over 3,000.

Onsite there is a small Museum and Visitor Centre. Here you will find a number of good exhibits on the howler, the history of the sanctuary, and several other wildlife. Included with the admission fee is a one-hour guided nature walk in which you usually get an up-close introduction to a resident troop of black howlers. Along the way the guides also impart their knowledge of the many jungle plants the ancient Maya used for medicinal purposes. This area also has a lot of birds.

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Location: Bermuda Landing, Belize District

Time: Monday to Sunday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Cost: $7 USD ( + more tours available)


black howler monkey baby and mom