Belize is more than beaches and bathing. It is also home to the world’s only jaguar preserve. Jaguars, the Western hemisphere’s largest cat, once roamed freely in the region, but their numbers have been reduced around the world by development. Belize is one of a few countries that have outlawed the killing of jaguars, and the population in the rainforest is thriving thanks to conservation efforts. At the Copal Tree Farm, for example, the absence of pesticides and chemicals means that animals freely roam the area. But visitors expecting to see one of these majestic beasts will be disappointed. These wonderful animals are masters of stealth, and their very existence is based on their seeing, but not being seen.

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