Manatee and Primate Rehabilitation in Belize…
One of my many goals on this trip was to see a manatee, so when I noticed during the planning phase of our trip that the village of Sarteneja, Belize was home to a manatee rehabilitation center, I briefly got excited. Then I noticed that is was not open to the public, only by special appointment, so I sort of wrote it off to be honest, figuring there’d be other places I could manage to see a manatee.
However, almost as soon as we arrived at Backpacker’s Paradise, where we planned to stay for 5 nights, we were told there was an appointment made at the center for the following afternoon and we were welcome to come along. I immediately got very excited!
What I saw and learned about the Manatee and Primate Rehabilitation in Belize hosted and managed by a non-profit organization called Wildtracks so fascinating I just might have to come back.
Not only do they serve as the only rehabilitation center for these species in Belize, they also have an amazing and affordable volunteer program that lets them accomplish a lot more, while allowing volunteers the opportunity to get experience working hands on with these animals for 1 or more months at a time.
While we were there, we got to see a growing manatee named Duke. Duke is an Antillean Manatee who currently weighs in at about 200 pounds, but he’ll need to be closer to 350 before he starts the process of being released back into the wild.