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The Favorite Menu of the Spider Monkey in the Guatemalan Jungle
Maya-Ethnozoology Project Yaxha

The Favorite Menu of the Spider Monkey in the Guatemalan Jungle

During your tour in Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo National Park you should be aware of the approach of a group of spider monkeys. It is amazing to see them so close and playing with each other! But when they are afraid or feel threatened by the visit of humans, they jump and may even throw branches. The spider…

Expedition to Naranjo looking for El Cibal, based from a satellite photo
Flora and fauna research

Expedition to Naranjo looking for El Cibal, based from a satellite photo

FLAAR Mesoamerica team was last week at Parque Nacional Yaxha-Nakum-Naranjo, Peten. One of the main purposes of this fieldtrip was to find an area known as “El Cibale” at Naranjo, a place observed by the team on a satellite photo, but it was impossible to walk through, since the grass was 2 meters high and…

Jaguar Conference, November 7, 2018, Guatemala City
Flora and fauna research

Jaguar Conference, November 7, 2018, Guatemala City

Jaguar conference was great; met lots of zoologists and individuals interested in preserving the fragile eco-systems of Guatemala. Our lecture (FLAAR Mesoamerica) was on Maya iconography of jaguar pelage designs (on polychrome vases, plates, and bowls) and on the different colors of jaguars out in the wild: they can be white, gray, black-ish, and “solid…

Continued search for finding the actual oriole bird and nest pictured in San Bartolo murals
Flora and fauna research

Continued search for finding the actual oriole bird and nest pictured in San Bartolo murals

The photo teams of FLAAR Mesoamerica continue to search for each species of oriole in Guatemala which makes a tall pendant nest. The Stuart brothers have suggested the yellow birds in the San Bartolo murals are Yellow-backed Orioles (Icterus chysater). This oriole is a challenge to find. In the meantime, with the help of biologist…

Mosquito? Or Mosquito fly? Pollinating jaboncillo in FLAAR garden, Guatemala
Flora and fauna research

Mosquito? Or Mosquito fly? Pollinating jaboncillo in FLAAR garden, Guatemala

Male mosquitos are often hard at work pollinating (while their girlfriends are working hard to get blood to help raise their next generation). Snag is that there are many flies that mimic mosquitos (and scores of insects that mimic the colors of bees). Here in the Mayan Ethnobotanical Research Garden of FLAAR, in Guatemala City,…

FLAAR Mesoamerica continues to donate test prints to schools and museums
Educational material

FLAAR Mesoamerica continues to donate test prints to schools and museums

Two years ago we donated lots of 3.2m rollouts of Maya ceramic vases to the Museo Popol Vuh, Universidad Francisco Marroquin. We also donated to the Museo Popol Vuh a whopping 40 inch high 12-meter long rollout of their Castillo Bowl. This coming week we will be donating lots of “learning ABC’s” prints to schools…