Beneficiary: Celso Poot/ Zoologist (The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Centre)
Funds Awarded: $19,719.02
Grant Type: Research
Project location: Central Belize District
Summary: The Central American tapir is currently considered endangered. As a national symbol, the protection of the tapir is paramount. This research will assess the movement patterns and habitat selection of tapirs in central Belize within the context of habitat loss as a consequence of population growth and expansion. Based on the results of the study, this project will ultimately result in the development of management recommendations for a more ‘tapir friendly’ environment where human development, habitat conservation and highway mitigation measures are considered.