Belize Zoo – “The best little zoo in the world!”
The Belize Zoo got its start in 1983, as a last resort to furnish a home for a group of wild animals, that had been used in producing a documentary film about the tropical rainforests.
Soon after the impromptu “zoo” began, it was immediately realized that its Belizean visitors had never seen the various species of wildlife that shared their country. This very perspective promoted the dedication to grow the little zoo into a compelling wildlife learning center.
Now, The Belize Zoo is lodged upon 30 acres of tropical savanna and displays over 175 animals, representing almost 50 species, all indigenous to Belize. The Zoo has animals that were rescued, orphaned, born at the zoo, rehabilitated animals, or donated by other zoological institutions.
Cave Tubing and Belize Zoo Expedition
Why not make it a full day of adventure? The Belize Zoo is one of the best in the world. If you are an animal lover, you do not want to miss this. The combination of cave tubing and the Belize Zoo in one day makes for some amazing stories to tell.
Your exciting day starts with a boat ride to the mainland and up the Belize River. As you ride up the river, you may encounter jungle creatures such as iguanas, snakes, crocodiles & manatees as you are served a continental breakfast. You then board a private, air-conditioned bus & drive to the unique Belize Zoo, where you will see animals that are native to Belize. Then it is on to Caves Branch where you will be served lunch. After lunch, it is time for the excitement to commence as you hike into the jungle and then inner tube through the caves.
- Cave Tubing and Belize Zoo Expedition – $175US per person
Belize Zoo Tour Details
- Distance – About an hour drive from Belize City and 40 mins from the airport
- Duration – 2 hours
- Fitness – Basic
- Dress – Shorts or long pants and strong, comfortable shoes – sleeve lengths are optional
- What To Bring Along – Hat, water, sun block, insect repellant, camera, extra cash for snacks and refreshments
Belize Zoo – Handicapable Friendly
The Belize Zoo is the first outdoor destination in Belize that is fully available to guests with physical disabilities. It is a non-profit, non-governmental institution focused on wildlife preservation through animal rehabilitation and environmental instruction.
Visiting the Belize Zoo is the best method to gain an introduction to the wildlife of Belize and to realize why it is essential to preserve the environments that support them.
The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center maintains that by inducing Belizeans to get closer to the animals that are their natural heritage, they will feel a national pride in these particular resources and want to preserve them for future generations.
The Belize Zoo welcomes over 70,000 visitors annually, 16,000 alone comprising Belizean students, teachers, and parents as a component of the growing education programs. Other popular zoo events include Fuego the Tapir’s birthday party, Junior Buddy the Jaguar’s birthday party and Panama the Harpy Eagle’s birthday celebration as well as Student Career Training and summer camps.
Get acquainted with the animal without visiting the jungles…
It is one big happy family at the Belize Zoo, from the howler monkeys to the lizards that roam freely along the footpaths to the human maintenance crew. Inside the 30 acres of tropical savannah, you will face over 160 animals that call it home. It’s an adventure, which will permanently shift your opinions on zoos, plus it’s all wheelchair friendly!
As a tropical haven for biodiversity, the jungles, wetlands, rivers, and oceans make Belize a mecca for some of the most exotic wildlife inhabitants, which includes jaguars tapirs, spider monkeys, manatees, toucans, macaws and more!
Take a drive, hop on the bus or book a tour. The Belize Zoo is located only 29 miles from Belize City, on the George Price Highway. Opened 8:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m. (daily), the Belize Zoo has undergone construction to enhance the experience of not only its guests but also its residents.
Be on the lookout…
There’s so much to experience (over 46 species)!
Visit with “Lucky Boy,” a newly rescued black jaguar, whose fame skyrocketed in Belize and throughout the world after being discovered in an emaciated state. Lucky Boy has since recovered remarkably well and is a proud standard of the zoo!
Some of the animals you’ll see roaming the grounds are Central American Agouti (also known as Bush Rabbits), snakes, huge Iguanas, squirrels, raccoons, and all sorts of jungle birds. There are ten tapirs (a Belizean relative of the rhino), quite a few Coatimundi (a cross between a monkey and a raccoon), pumas, scarlet macaws, white-lipped peccaries and many others. Go on a night tour (a great way to encounter the Belize Zoo, as a lot of the animals are nocturnal) and you’ll be just as likely to witness a Gibnut crawling around outside an enclosure as in. You may also hear a few conversations between the black howler monkeys and their wild counterparts a few miles away.
“Luck” is the general theme of the zoo and its animals…
Most have been rescued and then relocated there. You will discover the story of each animal as you tour the zoo. Some of the animals are rescue cases, which were wildlife kept as pets by private collectors. The zoo always tries to first recondition these animals to be returned to the wild, but when that doesn’t work out, only then do they become residents of the zoo. This is the case with many of the zoo’s jungle cats, as they have long ago forgotten how to hunt or more likely, never learned in the first place. Zoo life may not be the best life for a wildcat, but it is better than winding up caged in someone’s backyard.
Get the VIP treatment…
Why just look through the bars when you can go in? The zookeeper guide will take you on an absolutely extraordinary tour of a few of the animals. Get hopped on by the very curious Keel Billed Toucan (Belize’s National Bird) or get a picture with a Tapir!
The Belize Zoo is a must if you visit the mainland of Belize. It has animals you are unlikely to witness anywhere else. Animal lovers will find comfort here as the animals are priority number one. You are welcome to join the Belize Zoo family and experience in the love of their animal community!