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Another Tapir killed in traffic collision near Hummingbird Highway

Another Tapir killed in traffic collision near Hummingbird Highway

Posted: Monday, June 17, 2024. 5:06 pm CST.

By Horace Palacio: Less than three days after a similar tragedy, Belize faces another heartbreaking loss as a second tapir has been killed in a vehicle collision. This recent incident occurred near the Hummingbird Highway, causing significant damage to the vehicle involved and raising concerns about the safety of both wildlife and drivers on Belizean roads.

Tapirs, the largest land mammals in Central America, are nocturnal creatures particularly vulnerable to traffic accidents during the nighttime and early morning hours. The Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic (BWRC) reported the incident on Sunday morning, expressing their condolences and thanking the Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge team for their assistance in burying the deceased animal.

The BWRC urgently reminds drivers to exercise extreme caution on the roads, especially at night. If you see eyeshine—the reflection of animal eyes in your headlights—immediately dim your lights and slow down. Bright lights can disorient and temporarily blind nocturnal animals, causing them to freeze on the road and increasing the likelihood of collisions.

By driving responsibly and taking simple precautions like dimming headlights and reducing speed, motorists can play a vital role in protecting Belize’s precious wildlife and ensuring their own safety on the roads. Remember, slow down and stay safe to prevent further tragedies like this.

 

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