Belize's Community Baboon Sanctuary

Belize's Community Baboon Sanctuary

By
William Barnett, William Durham, Nathaniel Fisher
2003|Case No.SI51

The Community Baboon Sanctuary, located in north-central Belize, was founded in 1985. Primatologist Robert Horwich and a few local villagers worked with local landowners to develop a voluntary sanctuary to protect and grow the local Howler Monkey population. This case details how the sanctuary was created and later reformulated to support ecotourism businesses. The case discusses the numerous management , social, and political issues that limited the growth and success of the sanctuary and concludes with the efforts of Jessie Young, founder of the Women’s Conservation Group, to resurrect the sanctuary that she and her family had invested considerable time and effort in establishing.

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