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Feb 14, 2017

Remembering Rob Horwich and His Contribution to Community Baboon Sanctuary

Rob Horwich

Doctor Rob Horwich, an American primatologist and the founder of community co-management with the establishment of the Community Baboon Sanctuary in 1985, has died at the age of seventy-seven. The Sanctuary is the first example of community conservation co-management with the joining of Bermudian Landing and seven surrounding villages to manage the sanctuary and build Belize’s first natural history museum. He would later oversee the transfer of sixty-five black howler monkeys to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary along the Southern Highway.  Doctor Horwich is credited with the proposal, along with Jon Lyon, for a community co-management park system funded and administered by the Protected Areas Conservation Trust (PACT) and the establishment of project in the Sarstoon Temash National Park, Five Blues Lake National Park, Gales Point Manatee and Hicatee Conservation. He had successful community co-management projects in twelve countries from Costa Rica to Papua New Guinea, and was heavily involved in projects in his home state of Wisconsin. In Doctor Horwich’s memory, we present portions of a story on the Community Baboon Sanctuary done in 1988 as part of the ‘Belize All Over’ series.


{Highlights of Community Baboon Sanctuary from 1988 Belize All Over series…}


Doctor Robert Horwich, friend of Belize and protector of Belizean wildlife, dead at seventy-seven.

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