Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
Palenque © Carlos Adampol Galindo
One of Belize's largest protected areas, Cockscomb is home to the world's first jaguar sanctuary, dating back to 1984. Home to a large diversity of fauna and flora, the park hosts around 50 jaguar. These are famously shy cats, but the visitors book at the entrance to the park suggests they are occasionally seen. The park is also home to pumas, tapirs, anteaters, and armadillos, the jaguar's favourite food. Visitors may see, but will certainly hear, the family of black howler monkeys that live near the visitors centre.