The Book

Dan's-book-coverBiodiversity of the Maya Mountains: A Focus on the Bladen Nature Reserve by Daniel C. Dourson is a look into the remarkable biodiversity found in the Maya Mountains of southern Belize. With significant contributions and reviews from many of the most dedicated and productive scientists and biologists who have worked in the Bladen, and with support and assistance from his loving wife Judy, Dan has produced a volume that will serve as the textbook for Belizean schools and as an important reference for Belize’s wildlife and natural environments for years to come. The color photographs in themselves are a major accomplishment, as are the illustrations, engaging text, and user-friendly layout.

For professional scientist, government official, educator, student, conservation worker or nature lover, this inspiring resource serves as a window to the tremendous array of creatures, plants and natural environments that are found in this incredible place. Although, the focus of this book is the Bladen, the information contained within can be used throughout Belize and beyond.

Jacob Marlin
Executive Director, BFREE

Introducing the Second Edition

Biodiversity of Bladen Book Cover
Featuring new cover art by Belizean artist, Grayson Sierra plus expanded content and additional photographs.

Buy the Book!

Books are back in stock! To purchase your copy in the US, please mail a check for $48.00 to US for BFREE, 2602 NW 6th Street, Suite D, Gainesville, FL 32609 or make your payment of via Paypal by clicking the donate button below. Enter $48.00 and please specify any special notes for shipment.

Books are also available at the BFREE field station in Belize.

For shipping outside of the US or Belize or any other questions, please contact Heather Barrett at

For every book sold, a free book will be given to a teacher, school library and or child in Belize, beginning with the buffer communities near BFREE and expanding throughout the country. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be set aside to reprint additional copies in order to continue to provide free copies for the purpose of educating young Belizeans. Goatslug Publications, BFREE nor the author will receive compensation for this book.


“One of the best collections of photographs I have seen in any book on a natural history subject. The book and illustrations are absolutely superb!” Dr. Harvey Lillywhite, Professor of Biology, University of Florida, USA

“The best natural history book about Belize to date!” Sharon Matola, Founder and Director of the Belize Zoo

“This is a great contribution to help educate a lay audience as well as ecotourists…very nice images! Congratulations on a fine piece of work!” Dr. Brett Ratcliffe, Professor and Curator of Entomology at the University of Nebraska State Museum, USA

“Informative…It’s really inspiring…very nicely done!” Jan Meerman, Biodiversity and Environmental Resource Data System for Belize (BERDS)