The tropical climate of Belize makes it a perfect habitat for a rich assortment of flora. Roughly 4,000 flowering plants are native to the country, along with over 700 species of trees. Forest covers approximately three-fourths of Belizian territory, almost half of which is still primary forest.
Many common fruit trees important to both biodiversity and the local economy flourish in Belize, including guava, banana, coconut, mango and cashew. A whopping 250 species of orchid alone also inhabit the country.
Unfortunately extensive logging has led to the degradation of trees like mahogany, cedar, pine and logwood. Logging has led not only to species endangerment, but also soil erosion and concurrent water pollution.
Fortunately for the flora of the Runaway Creek Preserve, the Foundation for Wildlife Conservation works hard to protect trees and plant life. One can walk through the preserve enveloped by vegetation, taking in the natural breathtaking beauty.
The Runaway Creek Preserve aims to continue protecting its plethora of plants and trees, preserving the flora that has been native to the country for centuries. Becoming a member of the Runaway Creek family would greatly enhance the preserve’s ability to support natural vegetative growth. For more information about supporting the mission of Runaway Creek, please contact a member of our team or visit our online conservation support page.