Payne's Creek National Park

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Payne's Creek National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
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Map showing the location of Payne's Creek National Park
Map showing the location of Payne's Creek National Park
Map of Belize
Location Toledo District, Belize
Coordinates 16°19′37″N 88°34′37″W / 16.327°N 88.577°W / 16.327; -88.577Coordinates: 16°19′37″N 88°34′37″W / 16.327°N 88.577°W / 16.327; -88.577[1]
Area 37,680 acres (152 km2)

Payne's Creek National Park is a nature reserve in the Toledo District of southern Belize. The park encompasses 37,680 acres (152 km2) of land including the dominant broadleaf forest as well as mangrove areas.[2]

Natural history[edit]

This national park, stretched along the lower reaches of the Monkey River, was previously disturbed by banana farming and slash-and-burn agricultural practices; however, in 2007 a verdant broadleaf secondary forest provides habitat for a diverse tropical flora and fauna.

Black howler monkey troops are abundant, each troop maintaining a home range of 40,000 to 70,000 square metres (430,000 to 750,000 sq ft) in this forest(Lumina, 2006).

Maya sites[edit]

At least four Maya sites have been discovered in Payne's Creek National Park to date. Included are a site now under water, with rare preserved wooden artifacts and portions of wooden buildings.[3]

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