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Celebrate the biggest feline of America
Educational material FLAAR Mesoamerica Flora and fauna research Maya-Ethnozoology

Celebrate the biggest feline of America

The Jaguar (Panthera onca) is one of the most frequently encountered images in Mesoamerican art and iconography, in either naturalistic, stylized, or anthropomorphic form. Art is one of the ways in which people represent how they conceive of themselves, and their place in the world The appearance and frequency of jaguar motifs, as with any…

World Animal Day: Threatened Animals in Central America
FLAAR Mesoamerica Maya-Ethnozoology

World Animal Day: Threatened Animals in Central America

The Census of Marine Life scientists estimated the total number of species on Earth (the most precise calculation ever offered), announcing 6.5 million species found on land and 2.2 million (about 25 percent of the total) dwelling in the ocean depths, that means about 8.7 million. Can you imagine how many exotic animals you don’t…

Biodiversity in the Popol Vuh
Educational material FLAAR Mesoamerica Mayan Culture

Biodiversity in the Popol Vuh

The Popol Vuh, also known as the Book of Counsels or the “Bible” of the Maya K’iche’. The Maya word “Pop” means power or sacred and “wuj” paper or book, so literally means Sacred Book. This book was perhaps written in hieroglyphic characters but the Mayan culture was attacked during the Spanish conquest and most…

A Place Called Mesoamerica
Educational material FLAAR Mesoamerica Flora and fauna research

A Place Called Mesoamerica

Do you ever wonder, what does Mesoamerica mean? This name appears in the history books we read at school, but the discussion and research about the breadth of its territory and culture needs to be explored even more. The word “Mesoamerica” has a Greek origin for the prefix “meso” which means “between something” or in…

Aldea Plan Grande Tatín
FLAAR Mesoamerica Livingston, Izabal

Aldea Plan Grande Tatín

On our way, one hour by 4×4 drive to the village Tatin, we saw four Heliconia species, reptiles, and many native flower species like guarumo. There were hummingbirds, Oropendola birds, and toucans. It was indeed a paradise location, perfect to go on an adventure and to get to know more about Guatemala and it’s magical…

Diversity at Lagunita Creek
FLAAR Mesoamerica Livingston, Izabal

Diversity at Lagunita Creek

Located in the border between Guatemala and Belize, it is full of tropical flora and fauna diversity. It is one of the natural reserves managed by FUNDAECO. Here we could enjoy exploring pathways full of mushroom, flower and plant species. There’s a portion of the river in the entrance with turquoise freshwater were you can…

The amazing Birds Island in Livingston, Izabal
FLAAR Mesoamerica Livingston, Izabal Maya-Ethnozoology

The amazing Birds Island in Livingston, Izabal

It is located about 45 minutes away from Livingston center, by boat. You will be able to see the bird nests really on the mangroves close to the shore so you can see the mothers giving food to their chicks. The boat can get really close so you can take amazing pictures of some egrett…

Mysterious endangered cave
Flora and fauna research Maya-Ethnozoology

Mysterious endangered cave

We were called by a team of biologists who have been studying the importance of an unknown cave located in Izabal, Guatemala. They are worried about the fate of the natural ecosystem that lives inside the darkness of the cave since it has been polluted and neglected by the local people living close to it.…

Turn off the lights, let The Earth shine
Educational material FLAAR Mesoamerica

Turn off the lights, let The Earth shine

On March 28th from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. local time, some parts of the world will turn off their lights. So do not panic if your neighborhood or even your city gets dark for a complete hour, they are just letting The Earthshine, at least for an hour. The “Earth Hour” is a movement…

Tropical bird sanctuary in the Guatemalan caribbean
Flora and fauna research

Tropical bird sanctuary in the Guatemalan caribbean

With their clean feathers, their unique sound, the birds that live on the Livingston shores gave us an unintended spectacle during the sunset. Pelicans, seagulls, egrets (Ardea alba, Egretta thula), cormorants, kingbirds, were some of the birds we could identify flying through the Río Dulce tall canyon, in Livingston. We saw many birds interact, including…