There’s so much to see at BBG. Of course, there are many interesting trees, plants and flowers. There are also loads of interesting creatures that roam our gardens. Everything from the smallest ants (watch out, they have big teeth!) to tapir. The truth is that you probably won’t see any of the big animals because they tend to be nocturnal and shy.
Little Creatures you might see:
Since Belize Botanic Gardens is organic and has been since it was a farm in 1993, there is a large quantity of small creatures living here. We don’t have too big a problem with insects here; rather their problem is with one another. This is because they are downright cannibalistic! If they’re not eating our plants, they’re eating one another.
Here are a few photos of things we’ve seen on the grounds of BBG. Not only is it a great place to see plants and other critters, but there have been more than 300 bird species counted in the area.
Belize Botanic Gardens is the largest botanical garden in Belize. BBG was opened to the public in 1997. Cleared farmland as late as 1993, our garden now extensive collections of native and exotic plants and trees.
One of our many features is a traditional Maya House where groups can arrange to make tamales over a wood fire. Let one of our experienced guides show you Belize Botanic Gardens’ Maya Medicine Trail. This trail features many native medicinal and useful plants.
A Story From A Botanical Garden in Belize:
Once there was a young boy whose father told him to stay whose elderly grandfather was a learned medicine man. The boy’s father sent him to stay with his grandfather to learn about the forest. So the boy went to stay with his grandfather. Every day they would walk in the forest and study the trees and plants so the boy could learn.
One day the grandfather told the boy to go to the forest and bring him back a plant that was not useful. He was gone for several days and finally came back feeling defeated. “I could not find this plant, Grandfather,” he said. “I am very sorry because I know that you will not be here long and I feel that I have failed you.”
“No, No, my boy,” the grandfather said, “It is because you have learned well and now know that every plant in the forest has its use.”
Other Features: Nursery, Trails, and More
In addition to the Maya House and Medicine Trail, Belize Botanic Gardens contains many other features. Among these features are a Native Orchid House, Palm Area and Cycad Circle. There is a tea trail where you can (by reservation) sample teas made from plants grown on the trail. Also featured is a rainforest trail and a tower which overlooks the gardens. Continue reading a Botanical Garden in Belize, Belize Botanic Gardens→
You may find that Belize is quite different than what you may be used to. You will delight in learning about in climate, language, culture, people and even insects unique to the area. There is an amazing variety of wildlife in Belize and, hopefully, you will see some of it while you are here.
Some will be unfazed by the sudden early am chortle (ruckus) of Chachalacas (aka: bush chickens) just outside their window or ants in their deodorant stick (keep containers and zippers closed). Look for leaf cutter ants (wee-wee ants) marching in single file along a trail and disappearing into the jungle with their “leaf of the day”.
Others may run screaming at the merest glimpse of a tarantula. (No need; they don’t bite and are deaf)