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Belize 2011/12

Back from the Jungle

Hi all, We are back from Fireburn. We spent the night in the fieldbase that the last expedition put the roof on. The forest has changed quite a bit since then, as in 2007 there was a big hurricane and the jungle was flattened (the building was okay). The jungle is till regrowing to it’s former glory, and although the forest is still dense on the lower levels, the canopy …Read More

Our plans for the next few days…

We are off to Fireburn for an over-nighter on Wednesday-Thursday. Looking forward to seeing the work the last HSX expedition did over there. We’ll try to give you all an update when we return, so check back Friday evening. In other news, we are approaching the completion of our various projects over here. A few finishing touches on the main cage, planting grass in the area around it, tidying up …Read More

Update from Colm

Saturday morning and on our first day off of work, we have to wake up at the most ridiculous time so far, thus resulting in a large amount of last minute packing. We managed to catch the bus without incident and then just a few minutes after setting off, the bus broke down (setting us back about 20 minutes). Once we had arrived in Orange walk after a two hour …Read More

Update from James

Good morning all family members, fellow scouting types and other forum followers! It’s James here for a quick update on the Belizean front. All is going very well on the cage construction, as Ian posted yesterday. Currently half of us are finishing the wiring on the top of the structure, whilst the rest of us, including myself, are excavating a lot of Mayan ruins, which surround the cage, and reconstructing …Read More

The new enclosure takes shape

We’re well into the project now, the main frame on the monkey enclosure is in place and the wiring is being pinned in place as I type. We are planning to spend most our time on the project this week, before heading off for some cave tubing and a trip to Fireburn next week (with a few smaller projects thrown in for good measure). We celebrated Clare’s birthday on Sunday, …Read More

The building begins…

It’s been a full week here in Belize and after decimating carefully managing the environment to clear around an acre of land for the new primate enclosures. But it hasn’t all been hard work: On Friday we had a day off travelling to Lamanai, an ancient Mayan city with the highest Mayan temple in Belize which is suitably named the ‘High Temple’. This was our first day outside of our jungle …Read More

Project underway

Hi all. Just coming to the end of our 3rd full day here already. Spent Monday cleaning down our new home and moved in. We are staying in the original hut built by HSX on their first visit here back in 94(ish). Some great construction, it’s still standing strong. Found lots of mice, scorpions, bats and other crawlies but hopefully they have moved out now! Tuesday was great, we were …Read More

Wildtracks – our new home

So after a very long day travelling (up at 4am, arrived 830pm) we reached Wildtracks. Below is the view from our back garden this morning, not bad huh? Everyone in good spirits and looking forward to setting up our camping area today.