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“Baboon Sanctuary”

Community Baboon Sanctuary
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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..
Reviewed January 31, 2013

This was an awesome experience! We were on a Carnival cruise and decided to get a driver for the day and explore things not on the "list" of excursions from the ship. This is a very personal up close experience with the baboons. You walk from the main facility down the road to a forested area where you walk trails and seek them out. As you walk the trails there is lush shrubbery and trees and numerous animals around. When you find the baboons they are very curious. They come down and inspect you. Very inquisitive. I definitely recommend this if you are an animal/nature lover.

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Reviewed January 20, 2013

What an experience. Although we saw monkeys all over Belize, we had read the reviews and decided to go to the sanctuary. Our guide, Robert, was a wealth of information!!! He was knowledgeable about the foliage and animals. We saw enormous soldier ants, plants that could cure illnesses and so much more. Robert was attentive in answering all of my children's questions as well as ours. He never seemed rushed or in a hurry to end our tour. In fact, he truly "took his time" in showing us all the sub-tropical rain forest has to offer.

After a while, we found the monkeys. WOW!!! As they came down from the trees, we were able to watch as they moved gracefully from limb to limb all the while the alpha male remained high in the leaves. A mother and her baby even came down. Each of us had a monkey on our shoulder!!!! It was an experience we will never forget.

At the end of the tour after about 15-20 minutes of playing with the monkeys, Robert explained how the sanctuary worked and that he did not get a salary. He was very honest that he was paid a portion of the tour costs and made extra money with tips. It was not said in a demanding manner nor an expectant one. Rather it was matter of fact. He was gracious in accepting his tip, money he well deserved!

3  Thank Desiree K
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Make sure you find the legit Community Baboon Sanctuary, and not the tourist trap one about 1/4 mile prior to the real one. A man tried to wave us into his parking lot with a big smile, but our knowledgable driver let us know that his 'sanctuary' was somewhat of a money making rip off of the original one. Once we arrived, we were led by a man named Robert, who knew every leaf and insect that we passed, and he discussed their medicinal and local benefits. He was AMAZING. He had initially mentioned to our group that 99% of the time, we'll see the howler monkeys for which the sanctuary is known. As we walked along a dirt path, he pointed out mounds of fire ants and told us to wait while he crossed a fence into some trees (where he thought a troop of monkeys might be). After helping us over the fence, Robert asked if anyone could spot the monkeys in the trees, and since no one could, he got them to come down by feeding them coco palm leaves. He told us that "This is your tour, so come on over." My husband filmed as a howler monkey made himself comfortable on my shoulder! It was so cool. We stayed interacting with the troop for a while, then walked back through a jungle path. If I could, I would donate any amount to keep Robert leading these tours and keep the sanctuary open. Of all the things we did in Belize, this was by far the most worthwhile and it was an experience I will never forget.

3  Thank Stefanie T
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Reviewed November 17, 2012 via mobile

We barely had any time to stop as we were en route to the airport from the south. But Robert found out I was like Kristen Bell with sloths, and he found us monkeys quickly. We fed them on our shoulders and even had a cool interaction with the alpha. I can't believe we almost skipped it. It's a MUST in Belize.

2  Thank BritttheDem
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

This was an interesting experience. We went one morning and as we are walking to the visitor center a man came out of a house and said something to our driver. It turned out that this man was the one that was supposed to open the visitor center/sanctuary and had not yet (even though it was well past opening time). We preceded to walk into the weeds/jungle and he went off in search of the howler monkeys. Eventually he came back saying that he had found them. This part of the experience was more than I had expected. Several monkeys had come down to low branches and a couple of them would even come down to your shoulder. There was a mom with a baby even. We spent a few minutes here taking pictures and then all of the sudden it became clear that our "tour" was over. At the end, the "guide" who smelled very strongly of alcohol, demanded a large tip. Obviously, the sanctuary/visitor center is not well run, the "guided tour" isn't exactly what I would call a guided tour and the guides are far from professional; however, I still give it a very good rating simply due to the amazing 10 minute interaction we got with the monkeys. I would recommend taking a chance on this attraction.

2  Thank Rebecca E
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