Shipstern Conservation & Management Area, Sarteneja

#55 of 68 in Parks in Belize
Shipstern Conservation and Management Area is a protected area located in the Corozal District of northeastern Belize.
Shipstern C&MA protects approximately 21.500 acres of a variety of habitats centered on Shipstern Lagoon, one of the larger inland lagoon systems in Belize. The reserve includes non-contiguous parcels, a larger one covering part of the lagoon itself, and a smaller one protected a small forest lake by the name of Xo-Pol. Habitats include various types of seasonal forests, some of which are unique for Belize. Next to the medium-sized semi-deciduous Yucatan forest, a much rarer type of dry coastal tropical forest also occurs, in Belize found only in Shipstern and in Bacalar Chico National Park, on Ambergris Caye. The government of Belize considers Shipstern Conservation & Management Area to be one of the ten most important nature reserves in Belize.
Shipstern C&MA is owned and managed by the Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative a Belizean registered NGO financed in larger part by a consortium of European zoos, through a charity, the International Tropical Conservation Fund .
The Shipstern Conservation & Management Area, formerly known as Shipstern Nature Reserve, was officially opened by the Minister of Natural Resources in September 1990. Long recognized as being of the more important private protected areas due its geographic position and its biodiversity, it has appeared on official maps ever since its inception. In 2012, the Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative entered the reserve into a trust in perpetuity, whereby on the one hand the owner CSFI commits to manage the reserve as an IUCN Category II national park, and the Government of Belize, on the other hand, has included Shipstern C&MA in the National Protected Area System of Belize.
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  • We did some walking and touring on our own and loved the well marked trails and butterfly house. Bugs were minimal but it is the dry season. We met Wendy, the coordinator of tourism and she was great ...  more »
  • We booked a sunrise birdwatching tour and were not disappointed. Our guide was charming and very well informed. We did not go far but I know that we saw birds we would have missed our own: Aracaris, t...  more »
  • Best part was the trip there! Lots of tree spiec there. Plenty of butterflies, they also have tours though not when we were there.
  • The butterflies were fun. This place is well maintained and definitely worth a visit
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