• 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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Animated videos to help learn about tropical animals And to begin to learn about tropical ecosystems

English, 2 minutes, scarlet macaw, toucan, coati, micoleon and monkeys say hello.


Español, 2 minutos, guacamaya, tucan, coati, micoleon y monos diga hola.


So, look forward to our upcoming videos on birds, tree climbing terrestrial animals, and treetops animals of the tropical rain forests of Guatemala. Plus fauna of the rivers and lakes. In the meantime, above is our first animation.


Educational book for children on insects



It definitely helps when a children’s book on insects is co-authored by an entomologist (a biologist or zoologist who specialized in insects). For example, most web pages and reports on any aspect of flora and fauna are just copy-and-paste from Wikipedia. Most cute books for children are written by inspired people, usually from their homes. Trying to be polite to say that most books for children, for example, have monkeys eating bananas: there were no bananas in the Americas before brought by the Spaniards. Spider monkeys did not eat bananas 1000 years ago. And howler monkeys eat primarily leaves (and other impressive primates such as apes are not in Central America!).

This is why we at FLAAR Mesoamerica wish to draw attention to this notable book that uses scientifically acceptable information but written, and illustrated, in a manner for children.

We thus commend the work of Dr. Jiichiro Yoshimoto, a researcher on insects for many years at the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala. The nice stories are by Claudia Bermúdez Wilhelm. The attractive illustrations are by Mayumi Hori.

We at FLAAR Mesoamerica have an ethnobotanical research garden surrounding the office where we write our storyboards on flora and fauna for children. We have stingless bees happily buzzing around; lots of butterflies; and plenty of spiders (which is better: carcinogenic insect spray and pesticides or some happy spiders eating the insects for you?). We also have tailless whip scorpions happily wandering around the office. Plus on field trips we study beetles, paper wasps, tarantulas, butterflies and look forward to learning more about moths.

We are inspired to having reliable information available in our educational books for children about flora and fauna of Guatemala. Thus we realize that this book on El Caracol Mágico, Cuentos y Descripción Científica sobre Insectos de Guatemala deserves mention by us at FLAAR Mesoamerica. We thank Victor Mendoza for receiving the book from Dr. Jiichiro Yoshimoto and bringing it to our office.

I sincerely appreciate having this book available from Dr. Yoshimoto so that I can see it when it is possible to have flights back to Guatemala from 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.


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).



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.