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March 2018

Puma concolor, cougar, mountain lion in Mayan stories   My first experience with a cougar (Puma concolor), mountain lion, in Belize While leading a group of tourists to learn about the Mayan ruins of Belize and adjacent Peten, we heard about a local

Two species of peccary occupy the Mayan areas of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize Peccary are common in many parts of Chiapas, Campeche, Quintana Roo, El Peten, and Belize. There are two species, collared peccary, Pecari tajacu and the slightly larger white–lipped peccary, Tayassu pecari.   Tayassu

Getting close and personal with a jaguarundi, Puma yagouaroundi in Guatemala, to research for a female Mayan comic book character Getting to know the personality of a jaguarundi, onza, in Guatemala The first jaguarundi that I saw was in the ZooMAT, Tuxtla

Hairless, barkless dogs were only one of the species of Maya dogs; there were also dogs for guarding the homes and for hunting (especially deer)   Questions about Dogs in Maya civilization 2000 years ago the Maya and their neighbours had several kinds

Learning about jaguar cubs by interacting with them in-person   Learning about Jaguars in Guatemala My goal is not to be an animal trainer; my interest is to have each different species of animals train me. I wish to learn how the animals think,

Gray fox, Urocyon cinereoargenteus, lives in trees in addition to on the ground Do foxes really live in trees? Having been raised in the Ozark Mountain area of Missouri, I have seen foxes wandering around as a child. At age 19, I

One species of healthy-sized anteaters live in the trees of Guatemala and Mexico There are dozens of excellent companies producing animated films. There are thousands of capable animators. At the recent SIGGRAPH 2015 expo in Los Angeles there were probably a

Stinging wasps will not attack you if they get used to your presence over time   Wasps will NOT (always) sting or attack unless they feel threatened While doing research for this section on happy bees and friendly wasps the #2 return on

Spiders help remove mosquitos and flies from your home or office; so why use harmful insecticide and exterminators? Spiders come in every size and shape And most spider webs are not like ones in Charlotte’s Web storybook for children. Indeed studying the

Scorpions are everywhere in Guatemala, Mexico, and Belize but do not sting unless provoked or scared Our goal is to describe, and provide information on all the fascinating creatures of the seasonal rain forests, deserts, swamps, mountains, and other diverse eco-systems