Biodiversity Stakes

The Chiquibul Forest covers 177,000 hectares of the Maya Forest, the second largest moist tropical forest in Central and South America. The Chiquibul National Park, the largest protected area in Belize, is a tropical broadleaf forest that harbors the unique tropical forest ecology. This biodiversity hotspot is home to 97 species of mammals, 139 species of birds, 26 species of amphibians, and 65 species of reptiles in addition to a high diversity of flora.1


Learning Objectives

After reading the Biodiversity Stakes, students will be able to:

  1. Recognize the ecosystems found within the Chiquibul Forest.
  2. Identify the fauna that are affected by poaching in the Chiquibul Forest.
  3. Discuss the ecological and cultural importance of the Chiquibul Cave system.
  4. Define ecological services and describe the importance of ecological services such as carbon sequestration and water filtration
  5. Explain the importance of plant-animal interactions in seed dispersal, pollination, and forest regeneration.


1Bridgewater, S. (2012). A natural history of Belize: inside the Maya forest. Austin: University of Texas Press.