Belize in Central America
Shipstern Nature Reserve is located in the north-eastern corner of Belize, in the Corozal District, between the villages of Chunox and Sarteneja. It borders Chetumal Bay, today an international sanctuary for the manatee.
The area in and around Shisptern NR is the driest in Belize, with less than 1500mm of rain per annum (more than 5000mm in the Toledo District !). Soils are shallow and alkaline, and lie over limestone bedrocks, underground caves, and former reefs. Above ground, freshwater is scarce.
As to its fauna and flora, the Shipstern area is closely related to both the Yucatan Peninsula (in the drier parts) and the rest of Central America (towards the South).
Please refer to the links on the right for detailed maps regarding Shipstern Nature Reserve.