• 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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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).



We will have a page related to Owls soon.



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



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

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Dr Nicholas and the FLAAR Mesoamerica team wish you a Happy Holiday Season


Tappie and Tapir and Cuttie the Coatimundi wish you Happy Holidays from MayanToons and FLAAR Mesoamerica (and FLAAR USA).



Dr Nicholas Hellmuth was asked to present a lecture at the Convento de Santo Domingo, Catedral de Cobán on Nov 30, 2018

Nicholas and Senaida showing MayanToons educational material from FLAAR Mesoamerica


Nicholas presented the remarkable tropical flowers of Yaxha to the audience, including his discovery of a water-related orchid.

In the photo here, Dr Nicholas is showing the unique concept of FLAAR Mesoamerica's program to teach Mayan children and their parents the alphabet written with fruits, vegetables, and flowers of Guatemala. You can see more on our www.MayanToons.org

This concept of Dr Nicholas and his team seems popular because everyone at the conference pulled out their cell phones to take snapshots.


Helping school children learn about plants and animals in the three languages spoken in their country

Animal Species Spanish Qeqchi English

We are preparing Q’eqchi’ Mayan – English – Spanish dictionaries, by subject. FLAAR Mesoamerica and the MayanToons team are doing this because when we visit the schools in remote mountain areas, the teachers ask for material in all three languages. The teachers say they can get Spanish-English or Spanish-Q’eqchi’ Mayan material, but never all three in the same poster or book. Lots of the kids in the school class also ask us to help them learn English. So here is a start: we still need to find the word for amphibian classification in Q’eqchi’.


Spanish is spoken in most parts of Guatemala. Garifuna is spoken in Izabal area (plus Spanish). Xinca and 21 Mayan languages are registered. In other words, in most areas it helps if the children learn at least three languages: Spanish, English, and their local native language. It is easier for them to learn as children than to make time to learn later in life.


June-July is rainy season… so lots of fresh edible mushrooms

ABC Spelled With Mushrooms Westcot

ABC pelled with mushrooms upside up,
Nikon D810, 50mm , f/1.4, 1/20, ISO 250


We FLAAR (USA) and FLAAR Mesoamerica (Guatemala) continue our project to provide totally innovative books for children in primary schools in remote mountain areas of Guatemala (and for their parents and grandparents).

We use plants to spell each letter of the alphabet (to teach ABC’s to children). These mushrooms will spell the letter H, Hongos.

These ABC’s we do in three languages for schools in remote areas: Mayan, Spanish, and English. All the teachers tell us that they can’t find tri-lingual books: they can find only Spanish-Mayan or English-Spanish: the teachers say they prefer all three languages together. So the teams of FLAAR Mesoamerica use fruits, vegetables, and now an edible mushroom, to finish our ABC.


Is bamboo in Guatemala from ancient Maya? Or is all bamboo from Asia?

Bamboo unknown green Rio Cienega Izabal


95% or more of the bamboo you see along the highways and roads of Guatemala was brought from Asia, mostly during the last hundred years. But there are several species of native bamboo of Guatemala. So yes, the ancient Maya did have bamboo available. We have not yet identified the bamboo in this photo but we believe it is native. This research of ours helps us be able to prepare books for children to teach them about their own country and the plants they can be proud of protecting.