Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary


A birders paradise, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary is a wetland of international importance. During Belize’s dry season, (February to May) many resident and migratory birds find refuge in the lagoons. The sanctuary contains 16,400 acres of lagoons, creeks, log wood swamps, broad leaf forest and pine savanna. The Sanctuary protects globally endangered species including the Central American River Turtle (locally known as Hicatee), Mexican Black Howler Monkey, and the Yellow-headed Amazon parrot.

The Jabiru stork is Crooked Tree’s most famous resident. Belize has the largest nesting population of these great birds in all of Central America. Jabiru storks arrive in November to nest in the lowland pine savannas. Two pairs of Jabiru storks are known to nest within the Sanctuary. After the young fledge, in April and May, the birds from the northern and central parts of Belize congregate at Crooked Tree Lagoons. When the rains come, the birds leave to return again the following November. The greatest concentration of birds are found around April.

Its easy to get to, just a few miles west of the Northern highway at mile marker 33. There is a direct bus to Crooked Tree village from Belize city and also guided tours to the sanctuary. You could stay at Becks Bed & Breakfast, rated Exceptional!

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary Belize