The Belize Raptor Research Institute is a non-profit organization started in 2008 by Ryan Phillips, Raptor Biologist, in response to the many threats and lack of information on Neotropical raptor species. The Neotropics holds one of the least understood of all the raptor communities across the globe with basic natural history information lacking for most species.
With Belize having a human population of less than 350,000 and being nearly 50% protected through National Parks, Nature Reserves, Conservation Areas, Forest Reserves and Wildlife Sanctuaries it is an ideal location to establish a raptor conservation organization.
BRRI is based in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve in the Cayo District on 15 acres where a facility will be constructed by 2015 for researchers and visitors. Currently, BRRI is studying all three hawk-eagle species, the rare Solitary Eagle and the Stygian Owl, along with the raptor migration through Belize. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.