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Calakmul Biosphere Reserve

Calakmul is famous for its magnificent Mayan ruins and its jaguars. It covers 1.8 million acre reserve is part of one of the largest remaining tracts of forest in the Mayan region. It lies in the southern part of the peninsula along the Mexico-Guatemala border, in the southeast of the state of Campeche.

It has incredible biodiversity, boasting 86 species of mammals, 385 species of birds, 75 species of reptiles, 18 species of amphibians, 31 species of fish and around 400 species of butterflies. And there are over 1,500 species of plantlife. Calakmul's bat cave is home to between 2 and 5 million bats that emerge every night to forage for insects.

Notable Wildlife

  • Jaguar - Felis onca
  • Baird's Tapir - Tapirus bairdii
  • Yucatán Brown Brocket Deer - Mazama pandora
  • Ocellated Turkey - Meleagris ocellata

Conservation Information

  • Park Profile from ParksWatch - a lot of good details about flora, fauna  ...link 
  • The Nature Conservancy's projects in Calakmul.  ...link 
  • Parks in Peril conservation program of the Nature Conservancy.  ...link 
  • Rainforest2Reef is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the biological corridor stretching from the rainforest of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve to the Mesoamerican Reef.  ...link 
  • The Southern Yucatán Peninsular Region (SYPR) Project - a collaborative research effort between Clark University, the University of Virginia, ECOSUR, Harvard Forest, and Rutgers University. The primary objective is to understand the coupled human-environment system in this region.  ...link 

Accomodation and Tourism

  • Rio Bec Dreams - owner-operated, located in the reserve, ecologically responsible.  ...link 
  • Virtual Calakmul project, Human Interface Technology Lab, University of Washington - in progress.  ...link 


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