• Water Lily

    Why is there a Mayan “water lily Jaguar”?

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  • Boated-Billed Heron

    Discovery of a boat-billed heron, in the Canal de Chiquimulilla, near Monterrico

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  • Scarlet Macaw

    Four good places to study the scarlet macaw, Ara macao, are AutoSafari Chapin, Las Guacamayas Biological Station, Copan Ruinas, and Macaw Mountain (all in Central America).

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  • Jaguar Cub

    Learning about Jaguars in Guatemala

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Toucan

Keel-billed toucan, Ramphastos sulfuratus is a logo-like symbol of the Neotropical seasonal rain forests of Mesoamerica and adjacent areas (and hence a common corporate logo).

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Owl

We will have a page related to Owls soon.

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Squirrel

We will have a page related to our squirrels art soon.

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Macaw

The Scarlet macaw was a logo for the Maya 1400 years ago.

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We continue our research on pollinators

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Solitary bees found and photographed in Rabinal, Baja Verapaz. Photo by Erick Flores, FLAAR.

 

We have been doing so much research and photographing insects, plants, animals and eco-systems that we have not updated this Mayan characters web site very much. But you can find monthly updates on our Facebook page.

Pollinators are important worldwide, because if there were no pollinators, what food would we have to eat? Literally.

A substantial percentage of the food we eat does not reproduce unless pollinated (mostly by insects).

Plus, the forests, fields and seasonal Neotropical rain forests would not have any more trees, vines, bushes, or remarkable blooming plants if there were no pollinators.

We will are doing research primarily with high-resolution cameras, though of course it is not easy to be “at the right place at the right time” to capture every pollinator. But if funding becomes available we can send teams to pertinent eco-systems.

Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds of course are well known pollinators. We will focus on showing the world the wasps, beetles, flies, moths and other insects who also are pollinators (so people don’t kill them with pesticides.

Plus reptiles and mammals (micoleon) are pollinators.

For educational programs for children, adults (and the grandparents of school and college students) this information will be helpful.

Most of all, we wish to help preserve the flora and fauna of Guatemala and Mesoamerica.

FLAAR Mesoamerica has the honor to invite you to…

Plantas Comestibles Nutritivas para Mejorar Significativamente la Dieta y Salud de los Niños en las Zonas Rurales de Guatemala

This conference is made to present the importance of nutrition among Guatemalan children, especially in rural areas, and the health benefits that this can have in the Mayan society.

Mayan comic book character female Guatemalan squirrel toons MQ copyright FLAAR 2016

You can download the formal invitation in the link above.

Video of Dr Nicholas interacting with baby tapir and 350 pound mother tapir, in Guatemala

We will have a series of videos of Nicholas with the animals he is studying. First is the tapir family. In another week will come Nicholas with the peccary.

Now, a month after our tapir video, we now have a new video of Dr Nicholas interacting with a toucan.

In a few weeks we will show Nicholas with a collared peccary of Guatemala who is very happy to get special attention.

Next month we show Dr Hellmuth with a six month old jaguar cub (who was friendly, but so energetic that his frolicking was not as painless as with the peccary, toucan, or tapir family).

These videos show how we at FLAAR learn about the animals that we will include as Maya characters in our MayanToons comic books and subsequently in our MayanToons animations.

Introducing our Mayan comic book cartoon characters list

Here we are showing some of the Mayan comic book characters drawn by in-house FLAAR illustrator Melanny Celeste Quinonez Izquierdo. All our research and development of comic book characters is done by our own team, in-house.

Mayan comic book character female kids Ring tailed cat Bassariscus sumichrasti toons MQ copyright FLAAR 2016
We have lots of Mayan animal characters to introduce; we start with samples. Here we start with a friendly family of Ring-tailed Cat, Bassariscus sumichrasti. Of course these are not kitty cats, despite their common name.

Mayan comic book cartoon female characters

Mayan comic book character female Guatemalan squirrel toons MQ copyright FLAAR 2016
Naturally our Mayan animal comic book cartoon characters will have females, kids, grandparents, etc. Our themes are family-oriented, but at the same time we will include realistic aspects of some of the more unfortunate aspects of human society. But our Mayan cartoon comic book Heroes will work hard to overcome adversity and create a better world.

We will provide names for all our Mayan cartoon comic book characters as the cartoons are released. We have in-house names for them already.

MayanToons is a research and cartoon comic book development division within FLAAR Mesoamerica which is an affiliate of the parent institute FLAAR.