Panthera and the University of Belize (UB-ERI) are monitoring the wildlife of Belize using motion activated camera traps.
Vital to this initiative is collaborations with NGOs, corporations, and local communities, whose willingness to assist means that we can expand our area of locations monitored nationwide.
We have cameras placed at both Caves Branch Jungle Lodge and the Blue Hole National Park. Not only does this allow us to monitor what wildlife is in the area, but also whether individually recognizable species such as jaguars are crossing the Hummingbird Highway. Highways can act as barriers to movement, especially if they have heavy traffic. This can be disastrous for species as populations become isolated on either side.
At Caves Branch, our monitoring shows promising signs and we have identified both jaguars and ocelots regularly crossing the highway.