There is a woman I have never met named Stacy Holbert who lives on Ambergris Caye in Belize. Sometime in the past I came across her videos or her blog or something, you know how the internet is, and started following her on You Tube. I hardly follow anyone, but her videos are great. She doesn’t post often, but when she does, they are always good. This month she must have gone to the mainland because she has a fabulous video of howler monkeys (locally called “baboons”) taken in inland Belize.
The Black Howler Monkey is the largest monkey in Belize. Belize has a healthy population of these VERY LOUD primates. Stacy’s video captures their sound perfectly. The first time I heard howler monkeys was in Chiapas, Mexico. Cully and I were walking to the Palenque ruins. This was years ago and I was quite young so I didn’t know anything about howler monkeys. Suddenly we heard this terrifying sound of what must surely be lions attacking their prey and Cully started running TOWARD the sound. I couldn’t believe it! That is the first time I heard the sound of howler monkeys, but I will never forget it.
North of Belize City there is a community organization that has protected land along the Belize River, ensuring that habitat and food trees for the howler monkey are preserved. The “Community Baboon Sanctuary” is a wonderful place to visit when you are in Belize.