Friday, 6 June 2014

Belize zoo presents to you LUCHA the Belizean-American Jaguar

Several years ago, The Belize Zoo received Frankie, a problem jaguar from Franks Eddy Village in Central Belize. The residents of that village chose not to kill this amazing yet potentially dangerous wildcat, and asked the Zoo to intervene instead. Frankie passed through the Problem Jaguar Rehabilitation Program with flying colours, eventually finding a new home and new name (Jutai) in Philadelphia Zoo in the USA. Frankie even got a girlfriend named Kanga, and fathered a cub three years ago. Here is LUCHA, the Belizean-American Jaguar all grown up and living in the Los Angeles Zoo. He has become a handsome, powerful and proud jaguar like his father. A big thanks to Tammy Schidmt at Philadelphia Zoo for sharing this wonderful photo with us! We are so proud of Frankie and his family! 

Story the Belize Zoo. 

Zen Arcade Restaurant in San Pedro

Coming in from the Bowen and Bowen company I walked over to Zen Arcade Restaurant where the white fence is. It is pretty much updated with blue and white colored house and a roof top on the top for Yoga. It is a quiet area to relax and have a great breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. The Zen Arcade is open from 7am until 7pm

This restaurant serves Chaya leaf as healthy serving and other salads of your choice. Chaya is good for your body for iron, vitamins and other sources your body actually needs. I like this more for ordering salads if your in a healthy diet. 

 If you look at the upgrading below the place seems to be very lovely to chill around and also join the Yoga on the roof top. Very unique the way how they designed it. You can  be pampered.

 From the porch above the atmosphere is very relaxing that you will enjoy the time while your their. While I'm waiting for my order I was enjoying the out door nature. What a lovely view from here. And it is not far from the beach. 

 The bar area is an area where you can sit back and relax while you see how they make the food. While I was  waiting for my order I got into a quick comfort on the waiting room by reading and hearing that sizzling sound of food while its being cooked the food smell just great. 

What I ordered  was based on Pork Boa with colsa and peanuts on the picture below. HMM delicious! It has that rich flavoring BBQ taste with two Cucumber on both sides and raping around is the tortilla and that colsa was very excellent. If your looking for a great restaurant in town I recommend Zen Arcade restaurant. I shall return. Great service, great food, its friendly staff come by to taste their excellent food in town. 

Puerto Azul Concerns about the island's development

This mega project Puerto Azul is seen critical by the public where the organizers are wanting to build on the two Northern Caye and Sanbore Caye which is located on the Lighthouse Reef Atoll. It was announced while Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia Jr and Minister of Trade and Investment Erwin Contreras attend the French Cannes Film Festival in France. 
Their has not been a go ahead, but their where plans to examine the island. With the seven NGOs, including the Belize Tourism Industry Association, OCEANA, Healthy Reefs, World Wildlife Fund, Mar Alliance, APAMO and the Belize Audubon Society they joined together and  released a statement on the exact description of the presentation resort development project which was issued on Thursday. Even though the project is still willing to continue,  the confusion by the environmentalists are at cabinet's agreement by the multi-million dollar project. But during the event Trade and Economic Development, Erwin Contreras and the Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia along with his wife where photographed which made the cabinet to agree cautiously. This risky move to the condition of the island is based on the limited land resource which  has stakeholders not willing to move forward. 

 The plans for this  two island at the Light house Reef Atoll it will include the facilities as follows: airstrip, mega hotels, shopping malls, resort, golf course, villas, spa, restaurants and the 1,000 acre to be used, employ 1,000 people and make a fitting space for 2,000 people. But, with the high cost of living in Belize it will be one of the worthy luxuria living. But, what about the island's protected habitat

Since the discussion of the project, one year ago the planning of the project concerns Chief Environmentalist Martin Alegria is to see the fisheries and protected area to be destroyed. According Mike Singh he also mention that the island is to limited to build any structure in the island. It will affect the reef and the environment while it is being built. and is suppose to be kept on a level of  where the agreement can be made. With the opinion of Sing he thinks the project is to over extreme.

According to Amanda Acosta, Executive Director Belize Audubon Society her concern about Puerto Azul should not be given the go ahead as she explained: 

“Belize Audubon [Society] is very concerned about the proposed Puerto Azul development.  We do not feel that a mega-development of this nature is best suited for out in Lighthouse Reef Atoll. It’s in proximity so if you’re talking any kind of dredging, filling, you have to ask and beg what will happen to these lobster fishermen or conch fishermen.  They are dealing with invertebrates that are very sensitive to siltation, to any kinds of dredging and in addition we have tour guides. ”

Since the EIA was given permission, it was not yet been looked at by the Department of Environment.