“Thats the kind
of place this is. You can always come back and see things
youve never seen before—and never knew existed.”
—Jon Martin, Entomologist
Las Cuevas Research Station lies in the heart of the
Maya mountains in Belize, surrounded by 1.5 million
acres of protected land. Part of the largest surviving
tropical forest left in Central America, the area is
home to an astonishing diversity of flora and fauna,
from the large and familiar—leopards, pumas, tapirs,
black howler monkeys, scarlet macaws—to the small
and altogether unknown. For visiting scientists, a trip
to Las Cuevas is a chance to observe an extremely rich
and complex ecosystem in action.
Explore for yourself
or watch a slide show.