Imagine driving down a dusty road and off the corner of your eye, you spot a herd of buffalo crossing a stream? Are you in Wyoming? Is this even Belize? If you are from the Orange Walk District, then this wouldn’t be a strange sight – after all there is a Water Buffalo ranch there! Yes, Buffalo in Belize.Water Buffalo in Orange Walk-1
Rancho Luna, located in Tower Hill Village (at the southern entrance of Orange Walk Town) has been raising water buffalos for as long as I can remember. Whether it be early in the morning or late in the afternoon, motorist are often forced to stop at the Tower Hill junction along the Philip Goldson Highway to let the mammoth creatures cross the road from their grazing fields to the ranch itself.Water Buffalo in Orange Walk-4
The buffalo are indigenous to South Asia, Southeast Asia, and China, but were brought to Belize over ten years ago to be raised as livestock for both consumption and exportation. Since then, the herd has grown and the meat gained popularity in the area – especially for those who enjoy game meat. I myself have sampled Rancho Luna’s buffalo steaks and they were pretty tasty!Water Buffalo in Orange Walk-3
So if you are up north and happen to see a buffalo or two roaming in green fields, do not be alarmed. You haven’t been transported to Wyoming, USA, you’re just in unique Belize!

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About the Author: Janelle Cowo

The youngest member of the My Beautiful Belize family, Janelle loves traveling and experiencing new cultures both within and across the border of Belize. She particularly enjoys history and is an avid Science Fiction, Fantasy and Romance reader. What she lacks in stature, Janelle has (and even surpasses) in spirit for adventure. She is willing to try pretty much anything, from daring jumps to new eats. Janelle lives her life according to Mae West quote “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”


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