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Sharon Matola

Sharon Matola


Founding Director, The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center, Belize, Central America. Belize Coordinator: Belize Harpy Eagle Restoration Program, BHERP

The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center
P.O. Box 1787  
Belize City,    Belize
Phone: 501-220-8004 Fax: 501-220-8010
Email: matola@belizezoo.org

   Research Interests

Restoration of the Harpy Eagle, Harpia harpyja, back into its former range, in Belize, Central America as an effort to empower the Mesoamerica Biological Corridor, MBC. Collaboration with The Peregrine Fund, who has headstarted this program in Panama, the Government of Belize, and Programme for Belize, who manage the 200,000 + acres of tropical forest, the Rio Bravo Conservation Management Area, RBCMA, where the captive-bred Harpies are hard-released.
The Belize Zoo and TEC primarily addresses the environmental education component and public relations of this project. Updates are provided which keep interested parties advised on the progress of the Belize Harpy Eagle Restoration Program, BHERP.

Species of Interest: 
Harpy Eagle


Gracia, J., S. Matola, and C. Wright. 1994. A checklist of the birds of Belize. World Wildlife Fund, Belize City, Belize.

Matola, S. 2002. (Abstract) Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) in Belize, Central America. Pp. 17, 76 in: Conferencia sobre Aves Rapaces Neotropicales y Simposio del Águila Arpía. Fondo Peregrino - Panamá, Panamá City, Panamá.

Matola, S. 2004. Belize Harpy Eagle Program. AFA Watchbird 30: 22-24.

Matola, S. 2004. Harpy Eagle restoration project. Belize Audubon Society Newsletter 36(2): 4-5.

Matola, S. 2006. The Harpy Eagle restored to former Central American range. Oryx 40:13.

Matola, S. 2009. Public awareness supports Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja) releases in Belize. Neotropical Raptor Network Newsletter 9:6-7.

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