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Feb 15, 2016

Will There Be Negative Implications for Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary?

Matthew Miller

Now the death of Tomari adds to the number of visitors who have lost their lives during aquatic tours throughout Belize. But it is the first to happen in the over two decades that Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary has been operating in Belize at its location off the George Price Highway. News Five asked Managing Director Matthew Miller about the implications of the incident on business.


Duane Moody

“Do you think it will affect future trips coming in?”


Matthew Miller, Managing Director, Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

“It possibly could. People could be nervous about coming down to Belize to swim in the Sibun River and I hope that that would not deter them from enjoying the experience that Belize offers. We will continue to follow the regulations. W e will continue our tour guide training. We will continue blueprinting our tours so that we are on the mark when we launch out on a day overnight excursion for Monkey Bay. I don’t know what the implications are for our business or for travelers to the country.”


Back at his school, there has been an outpour of support for Tomari’s family. 

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2 Responses for “Will There Be Negative Implications for Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary?”

  1. Belizean Pride says:

    I don’t think it should have any effect, it’s a solitary case of drowning with no link to the sanctuary. It appalls me that now anything we try to think “will it affect” the deaths of tourist around the world is a daily thing it’s should affect when it happens like the where the tourist are rob at gun point on the premises then yes or killed like in that circumstances because first of all they should be safe with security.
    My condolences to the family up north.

  2. Sherlette Gentle says:

    Why should it? He went their with a group, and the should have chaperone assigned to them. Also they should have known if he knew how to swim. I’m not blaming him, but these are the things that should have been on the permission slip. It was an accident that’s what it comes down to. I pray that the family find peace at this time. RIP young man.

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