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Central America accounts for only 0.1 percent of the Earth's surface. But as part of the Mesoamerican hotspot, the tiny subcontinent boasts 7 percent of the world's biodiversity. With over 100 frog species, 700 types of birds, over 200 mammals and hundreds of reptiles, Honduras is one of the most species rich countries in Central America. Nigel Marven uncovers much of this incredible exotic abundance as he journeys through this spectacular country.
Nigel visits Mosquitia, Central America’s equivalent to the Amazon rainforest, with President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez. They explore the extraordinary White City that was lost for centuries and meet the wildlife in the president’s own back garden, like the endemic emerald hummingbird.
Utila is part of the Meso-American reef, the second longest barrier reef in the world. We dive its spectacular corals with shoals of blue tang, Atlantic spadefish and hawksbill turtles. On land, the presenter crawls through thick mud to find “swamper” iguanas; there’s only a few hundred left.
In Rio Santiago nature resort we meet a margay and see this beautiful cat climbing down trees head-first; the clouded leopard is the only other cat that can do this. A family of spectacled owls look on as the presenter encounters a deadly tercipelo viper.
Our host takes us on a magical trek through cloud forest to the nesting hole of a resplendent quetzal, a bird that inspired the Mayans. The male’s tail feathers, once used as currency by the Mayans, are just too long to fit completely into the nest hole; time for some home improvement.
In lush forest, near the Guatemalan border, the presenter enters the ancient Mayan city of Copan. In this spectacular World Heritage site Nigel enters the catacombs beneath the acropolis and sees relief stone carvings of macaws and quetzals, symbols of the first King of Copan. We learn how scarlet macaws are making a remarkable comeback in the old Mayan city today.
This is Wild Honduras.
Nigel Marven Productions Ltd