2012 © Belize Wildlife Research

Wildlife research in Belize Research and conservation of Belizean mammals

Belize, a brief introduction

 Formerly … British Honduras;

  independence in 1981


 Location … Central America: below Mexico,   east of Guatemala, north of Honduras, with a   Caribbean coastline


 Size … 80 x 120 km


 Population … 300,000


 Human density … 12 per km2

 (lowest in Central America)


 Capital city … Belmopan (12,000 people)


 Largest city … Belize City (70,000 people)


 Economy … sugar, citrus, ecotourism


 Forest cover … ~70%


 Protected areas … 28% of the land is   protected, including 6,280 km2 of forest

MEXICO

GUATEMALA

MEXICO

BELIZE

GUATEMALA

HONDURAS

NICARAGUA

EL SALVADOR

COSTA RICA

PANAMA

COLOMBIA

USA

BELIZE CITY

BELMOPAN