I have visited Belize at least 20 times, for periods of 3-5 weeks. In all those trips I have repeat-visited many favorite locations but the ONLY place I have visited on EVERY single trip has been Cockscomb. My primary interest is observing, photographing and filming wildlife in its natural habitat. This Sanctuary has never disappointed in that regard. To expect to see a jaguar or tapir or ocelot on any given day is certainly expecting too much. There are never any guarantees with respect to wildlife, especially elusive species. But the potential to see any of these species, and others, is always there. And that potential is increased by the amount of time you can stay in Cockscomb. I should say birds are always around, some different species depending on the time of year. By far, the best times of day to see birds and other wildlife are early in the morning or in the lafe afternoon before sunset. But if you are patient and quiet, and have an idea where to look, you can find something good any time of day. I have always camped at Cockscomb but the accommodations, though not luxurious, are certainly acceptable. But staying in Cockscomb gives you the best hours for wildife as well as the incredible night sounds. Besides over 100 bird species, other species I have seen at Cockscomb include jaguar, ocelot, collared peccary, white-lipped peccary, jaguarundi, howler monkey, tapir, paca, agouti, kinkajou, coati, fer-de-lance, Morelet's crocodile, white-tailed deer, red brocket deer, and others I am surely at the moment forgetting. Some of these were very close encounters. Granted, this is over a lot of visits but If other reviewers feel there is a lack of wildlife, I suspect there were other reasons they did not see any. Because it is definitely there. My most recent visit was in February, 2012 and I will be going back yet again in March, 2013. Truly one of my favorite places.
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