Welcome to the travel section of The Naturalist, where you will find the latest animal interactions our founder is having somewhere in this wide, wonderful, world.
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Nature is beautiful. Nature is inspiring. But nature is utterly and completely indifferent. Read about how we came to terms with our place in the wild during 14 days in Belize's Chiquibul jungle with the help of scarlet macaws, Morelet's crocodiles, and Donald Trump's hair.
The little town of San Pedro on Belize's famous tourist hotspot of Ambergris Caye, became the scene of a croc-related crime this week. Ali dives into the mangroves with ACES, a crocodile conservation group, to track the culprit so it can be relocated somewhere it can do less damage.
What does it say about Belize that the last time Ali went there she suffered from giardia the whole time, but still willingly returns to bask with the basilisks and spoon with the spoonbills (if only they would let her...)? What this small country lacks in acreage it makes up for in biodiversity and a strong desire to protect it.
Ali is on the prowl for the elusive resplendent quetzal, for which Guatemala's currency is named, but is running into more giant spiders than anything else. Don't worry, she isn't sharing pictures of them...yet.
Our founder goes back to where it all started; the jungles of Central America. Kicking things off in Guatemala, she hopes to encounter the resplendent quetzal, red-eyed tree frogs, and jaguarundis. If that's asking too much, then hopefully she can just avoid getting giardia. Follow along as she spends the next two months working her way south to Colombia, meeting animals all along the way. Read more.