Community Baboon Sanctuary
Community Baboon Sanctuary
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:45 PM
About
The Community Baboon Sanctuary is one of the first of its kind in the the world in terms of how it is set up. It is a Non Governmental,community base organization which is manage by the Women's Conservation Group(Local women from the area). The Community Baboon Sanctuary is home to more than 3500 howler monkeys and over 250 species of birds. A wide variety of other animals frequent the area..
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Mary M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible place
    This place is inspiring! It is truly an amazing work of conservation. Not only that, the accommodations were great. We were able to hike to see the howler monkeys but also much more because our guide was so knowledgeable. Come and see the howler monkeys here—you won’t be disappointed!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Elizabeth S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A “howling” good time!
    This small non-profit community sanctuary is a wonderful stop! Our guide, Robert, was informative and went above and beyond to ensure we saw the howler monkeys while we toured the area. The trust he has built over decades with these animals shows the commitment he has as a volunteer, dedicated to ensuring the preservation of the species and its natural habitat!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Maya M
    San Francisco, California10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Community Babon Sanctuary
    This howler monkey protected reserve is a true gem in Belize! The guides are knowledgeable and will help you get great photos of the howler monkeys. They also add a Tour of medicinal plant life within the habitat of the howlers! Were the trip!!!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 27, 2023
  • WengerKS
    67 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Howlers and Fried Chicken (read to the end)
    The baboon (black howler monkey as we learned) sanctuary was a great experience. Note that it’s about 1-2 hours so don’t expect an all-day excursion. Our guide showed us the howlers plus shared lots of information about the local flora, very interesting. It’s worth a visit just don’t expect a big show, it’s educational and interesting but young children might expect to see more of the howlers, they are wild but used to the guides so might not be as close or easily seen as in a zoo. BONUS TIP: if you are there near lunch go down the road to a shack that looks very sketchy to American eyes and get some amazing chicken and coleslaw. We were seriously concerned when we saw it but so hungry we didn’t care, the food was awesome!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 17, 2024
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Debbie F
Clearwater18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This was part of a 2 place excursion, We booked this excursion from MSC Meraviglia cruise, it was the Howler Monkey Sanctuary & Belize Zoo Tour. The Howler Monkeys (Baboons) were cool. The problem we had was that most of the tour was walking & hiking through the woods & very little time with the monkeys, plus it was almost an hour bus ride there. After this tour, we were taken somewhere for lunch & then on to the zoo, which was another long ride. Bus air conditioning was not working well at all. Lunch was not very much food.
Written March 9, 2020
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Sandra W
Columbus, OH64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
I give this sanctuary 4 stars because their mission is very good, and because if you really want to get close to some howler monkeys this is a great way to do it. We stopped here on short notice in early December 2022. I gave them a call and asked if they were open, told them our ETA since we were set to arrive there kind of late in the afternoon. They assured me they would still be open since they knew we were coming. The recent hurricane had done some damage here so its my understanding that not all their trails were open yet. But we had a short walk into the forest and indeed when called, a troop of monkeys appeared. The ones that came down low were given a small bit of banana. Our guide fed the big male, and I fed an adorable little one. I was excited on our short walk to also see some really cool birds (scarlet tanager, acorn woodpecker) and also a few agouti!
Right behind this sanctuary building is the Nature Resort. We took a canoe trip there the following day and I reviewed that separately.
The idea of this sanctuary is that locals have agreed to leave the forest intact for the monkeys to easily travel around in the canopy. In exchange for this, there is the expectation of more tourism. Toward that end, you are kind of expected to purchase some goods from local vendors that have their wares on display. We bought bird carved from a horn. There were wood carvings and canvas drawings available the time we went as well.
The 'push local businesses' thing was a little disappointing to me in that I asked our guide where we might go for dinner - we were staying up the road a few miles, in Burrel Boom. He said there was really no place to eat without heading back to Ladyville. Turns out there is a pretty good restaurant in Burrel Boom (the Iguana Stop). I was surprised he didn't know about or let us know about it.
I was also really dismayed that they just chased away what appeared to be a starving dog roaming around the area while we were there. I saw this dog again the next day. If you want to attract tourists, compel or help your neighbors feed their pets.
Written January 3, 2023
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Lorianne81
Omemee, Canada38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We were up in orange walk to see the Mayan ruins so it was worth the stop.
It's $7 to enter the tour takes about an hour.
It's not a real huge jungle more like a small forest. You don't need hiking gear.
But you need big spray.
If your up this way stop 100 percent guarantee you'll see monkeys
Written February 23, 2020
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Shelley Hartling
Portland, OR2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
We had an unforgettable experience here…. Our guide, Robert, led us into the jungle and called for the howler monkeys. It took a little bit to find them, but when we did, they came right down to see us and get some fruit Robert offered them. One of them grabbed onto my arm! Afterwards, an artist associated with the sanctuary, Elvis, showed us his beautiful woodworking. We bought a little wooden sailboat he’d made, and he signed the bottom of it for us. I highly recommend this place, especially Robert and Elvis.
Written March 13, 2022
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Chodo
Phoenix146 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We went there on an excursion from our hotel. It was great to see the local community involvement to preserve forest for the howler monkey and other wildlife. The walk was questionable. The guide has clearly trained a troop of monkeys to come to him to eat banana. Howlers eat leaves, not bananas.
Written December 17, 2022
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Michael S
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Our guide Robert was amazing and is a local who is heavily invested in the conservation of these amazing creatures. He worked very hard and got us an upfront view of a male howling loudly! They have a small museum that highlights how incredibly innovative this private lands partnership is in the world of conservation, originating in the early 1980s.
Written March 15, 2023
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Elizabeth S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
This small non-profit community sanctuary is a wonderful stop! Our guide, Robert, was informative and went above and beyond to ensure we saw the howler monkeys while we toured the area. The trust he has built over decades with these animals shows the commitment he has as a volunteer, dedicated to ensuring the preservation of the species and its natural habitat!!
Written July 29, 2023
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Jennifer H
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
This was one of first tours in Belize and it set the bar high. Our guide warned us that we might not see any monkeys as they don't keep them in cages and after 20 minutes of walking around, we had resigned ourselves to a very nice and informative walk through the conservation land. However, our guide , Robert, was able to locate and draw out some of them. We got to feed and interact with a juvenile and then saw a mother and her 6 week old baby. Truly, an experience we will never forget!
Written April 20, 2022
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WengerKS
67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
The baboon (black howler monkey as we learned) sanctuary was a great experience. Note that it’s about 1-2 hours so don’t expect an all-day excursion. Our guide showed us the howlers plus shared lots of information about the local flora, very interesting. It’s worth a visit just don’t expect a big show, it’s educational and interesting but young children might expect to see more of the howlers, they are wild but used to the guides so might not be as close or easily seen as in a zoo. BONUS TIP: if you are there near lunch go down the road to a shack that looks very sketchy to American eyes and get some amazing chicken and coleslaw. We were seriously concerned when we saw it but so hungry we didn’t care, the food was awesome!
Written February 17, 2024
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jeff-briggs
Rancho Cordova, CA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
We walked outside the gate, met an official ‘orange shirt’ tour guide, he handed us off to a local ‘guide’ not sure at first but Belize is very safe. Casey our local guide took us to the Baboon Sanctuary area, where a ‘local’ guide took us along the Belize River where the Black Howler Monkeys were in a tree. Family of four, male at the top of a tree with two females and a juvenile male. Not quite a ship tour but once in a lifetime. Belize is very safe as a former British colony, local residents can be trusted!
Written March 26, 2023
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