Golden Stream Corridor Preserve is a critical link in the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor

An important block of land of just under 10,000 acres, initially purchased in 1998 to avoid its conversion to citrus and shrimp farming and established as a private protected area; it was expanded to 15,441 acres in 2004. Golden Stream Corridor Preserve protects the last remaining forested link between the globally biodiverse Maya Mountains and the coastal lowland forests which connects to Guatemala and the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. This corridor is critical to the survival of many species including the endangered Baird’s Tapir (Tapirus bairdii) and the Yucatan Black Howler Monkey (Alouatta pigra). It also protects important archaeological sites containing remains of ancient human civilizations and pleistocene mammals.

Jaguar (Panthera onca) strolling by our camera trap deployed within Golden Stream Corridor Preserve. | Map: Panthera/Ya’axché

Directly adjacent to the preserve lies the villages of Golden Stream, Tambran and Medina Bank. In order to recognize traditional use of forest resources by these villages, Ya’axché has developed a sustainable extraction program in the preserve for selected traditional building materials. The area of this is limited to the edges of the corridor to maintain ecological function but represents Ya’axché’s commitment to Integrated Landscape Management which recognizes the need for multiple uses of forest.

Howler monkey - Erik Hammar

Yucatan Black Howler Monkey (Alouatta pigra). | Photo: Erik Hammar


Size of Protected Area
15,441 Acres

Globally Endangered Species
4 Plant, 2 Bird, 7 Mammal, 2 Reptile

Species found in Protected Area
19 Amphibian, 270 Bird, 20 Fish, 59 Mammal, 54 Reptile

Ecosystems found in Protected Area
17 Ecosystems

DON’Ts in Protected Area
Fishing, Hunting, Logging

DOs in Protected Area
Ranger for a Day EcoTour, River Patrol EcoTour and Birds of Belize EcoTour via EcoTourism Belize, Sustainable Extraction of Non-Timber Forest Products

Threats to Protected Area
Wildfire, Overhunting, Agricultural expansion


PDF: Golden Stream Corridor Preserve poster