Central America is one of the richest places for wildlife, but it's under threat from an increasing human population and economic development.
Now, there are plans to join up habitats from Mexico to Panama in a huge biological corridor that also aims to improve people's lives.Jeremy Bristow visits a forest in northern Guatemala that is being managed sustainably by the local community and asks if wildlife protection really can be compatible with economic development.
Jeremy Bristow continues his journey through Central America and discovers that wildlife protection cannot rely solely on reserves and national parks.
He visits farmers in Belize who produce organic, fair-trade cocoa which guarantees a good price for the farmers and benefits wildlife too.
Also, on the Caribbean coast of Belize, local fishermen who campaigned for their waters to be protected by law, now have to patrol them to prevent poaching.
Costa Rica is the wealthiest and most stable country in central America, receiving most of its income from eco-tourists.
Jeremy Bristow visits an eco-lodge where the wildlife is paying for its own protection and investigates if eco-tourism could spread to help protect the rest of central America's natural resources.