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5) Black Howler Monkey, Rancho Dolores

Promoting the Community Baboon Sanctuary as an Eco-Tourism Attraction

Beneficiary:         Community Baboon Sanctuary Women’s Conservation Group

Funds Awarded: $58,389.66

Project Location: Community Baboon Sanctuary (lower Belize River Valley)

Summary:           The Community Baboon Sanctuary Women’s Conservation Group is committed to protecting the habitat of the local howler monkey and promoting the importance of conservation and environmental sensitivity to the communities bordering the sanctuary.  In an effort to improve the sustainability of the Community Baboon Sanctuary, and achieve their mission, this project aims to implement a robust marketing program promoting the Community Baboon Sanctuary (CBS) as an eco-tourism destination allowing for increased revenue for the Belize River Valley Communities.  It will also foster an appreciation for the CBS by community members, particularly youths, through increased education, awareness and other interventions.  It will also help to strengthen current management practices and promote accountability of the sanctuary.

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