This project is run by three main people with aid from others in the field.
Husband and wife team, Ed & Debi Willoughby, founded the non-profit company Jungle Encounters and created the Belize Wild Cat Project. They volunteer their time and pay their own travel expenses while in Belize. They spend most of their time in the USA raising funds for the project, spreading awareness about it and they also travel to Belize to liaison with local NGOs, bring equipment down and work with Sipriano Canti on furthering the project.
Sipriano Canti is a local Belizean who has been a Head Ranger in the forests of Belize since 2001, protecting the local flora and fauna. He has extensive experience in the landscape of Belize and has strong liaisons with government officials, scientists, villagers and community leaders. He has dedicated his life to protecting Belize's wildlife and landscape. He maintains our trail cameras year round and protects the areas they are in.
The amount of data we collect and the length of time to collect it all depend on how many working trail cameras we have in the field. The more cameras we have, the more area we can cover in a shorter amount of time. We have run this project with as few as 20 working cameras, with an average of 50+ cameras in the field at one time.
The costs associated with this project are the equipment expense and a stipend to pay Mr. Canti to maintain our cameras year round. Due to the humid, wet, tropical weather we lose on average 20% of our equipment each year because the dampness gets inside the electronics and kills them. We usually replace 1 GPS tracker and 10-20 cameras each year, for a total cost of approximately $3,500 a year in just equipment.
This project is run solely on donations from people like you, without you this project would cease to exist.
Trail cameras and GPS tracker
1. Donate money or equipment - as mentioned above we are constantly replacing our equipment. There are certain brands of trail cameras that work best for this project and environment. If you are interested in sending us some equipment please email us for more information at Debi@BelizeWildCats.com. If you would rather support this project with a donation you can send money via paypal to the same email address.
2. Volunteer your time - periodically we bring small groups of people down to help us with our trail camera work. You can learn more about these trips on our Join Us page or by following us on Facebook/BelizeWildCats.
3. You can sponsor one of our research sites. Please email us for details on yearly sponsor costs, they range from $3,500-$7,000USD per year.
4. If you have a facility, you can host one of our fundraisers! Again, email us for more information.
Jungle Encounters is a non profit 501(c)3 organization, EIN # 82-2129994. If you donation to our cause, you will receive a donation letter at the end of the year to give to your tax accountant because your donation is tax deductible.
Volunteers helping us with our trail camera maintenance.