an animal which always draws a great deal of interest at
The Belize Zoo. And no wonder! People living in Belize their
entire lives have not encountered the Greater Grison in
the wild. They are quite rare.
Related to the river otter and tayra, the Greater Grison
enjoys a life in the water, and out of fresh water, too.
Their little feet are partly webbed, and this indicates
that they spend a good deal of time enjoying a water environment.
The Greater Grison has a squat tail which they wave quickly
behind, as the animal dashes about. It cannot be helped
to notice that a strong odor is emitted from their backsides!
Biologists believe that their unique "aroma" is
one way in which they mark their territory and communicate
to one another.
The Greater Grison does not have very keen vision, however,
their hearing and sense of smell are not to be underestimated.
The savanna lands and moist tropical forests of Belize
are home to these special animals, and having them as Belizean
"creature citizens" is certainly part of the natural
allure of our tropical nation.