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Mayan Macal Magic

July 26, 2013

Originally posted on Tropical Ecology Institute:

Samantha holds a Cane Toad (Bufo marinus) that we found during our walk in the Botanical Garden.

Samantha holds a Cane Toad (Bufo marinus) that we found during our walk in the Botanical Garden.

Our amazing day started touring the Belize Botanical Garden and meeting students who attend and are learning about horticulture here at Duplooy’s Lodge.  Several of us held a Cane Toad, whose defense is releasing a hallucinogenic compound in the mouth of a predator.  The botanical highlight from our morning walk was the Black Orchid, the national flower of Belize.  Collared Aracaris,  a Bat Falcon and colorful Social Flycatchers kept our binoculars glued to our faces.

The national flower of Belize - the Black Orchid.

The national flower of Belize – the Black Orchid.

After crossing the Mopan River on a hand-cranked ferry, we hiked up a long hill to the Xunantunich archeological site, which means “maiden of the rock.”  This ruin is the longest established archeological site in Belize, presenting the accomplishments of the ancient Mayan culture.  From the top of the…

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