The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center was started in 1983, as a last ditch effort to provide a home for a collection of wild animals which had been used in making documentary films about tropical forests.
Shortly after the backyard "zoo" began, it was quickly realized that its Belizean visitors were unfamiliar with the different species of wildlife which shared their country. This very aspect fomented the commitment to develop the little zoo into a dynamic wildlife education center.
Today, The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is settled upon 29 acres of tropical savanna and exhibits over 150 animals, representing over 45 species, all native to Belize. The zoo keeps animals which were orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo, rehabilitated animals, or sent to The Belize Zoo as donations from other zoological institutions.
A visit to the zoo is the best way to get an introduction to the animals of Belize, and to understand why it is important to protect the habitats that sustain them. We hope this website will be the next best thing to visiting us in person.
The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center believes that by bringing the people of Belize closer to the animals which are their natural heritage, they will feel proud of these special resources, and want to protect them for future generations.
The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center receives over 54,000 visitors annually, 12,000 being school children as part of the progressive education programs, and popular zoo events include: Birthday parties for April the Tapir, Junior Buddy the Jaguar, and Panama the Harpy Eagle; summer camps; and Student Career Training.
Zoo Pathway Pounces Forward!In its second year of development, the beautiful accessible
pathway which winds its way throughout The Best Little Zoo in the world STILL
is not fully complete. The project is a
costly one. Although funds were raised
The Belize Zoo is a BRIGHT SPOT!“Bright Spots” is what delegates forming the Caribbean
Leadership Project, were visiting during their program time in Belize. This was the title which referred to
successful and dynamic projects in Belize.
We Love Little Rhaburn!All can recall the recent hard rains which visited us too
often. Flooded rivers, streets
awash! Belize had a very soggy profile
for weeks and weeks. A kind man from
the rural area, Rhaburn, off the Philip Goldson high...
Jaguar, Junior Buddy, Celebrates His 7th Birthday!There was so much excitement in the air. Over 200 children from the neighboring
schools at Mahogany Heights and La Democracia, were all smiles and more than
ready to help Junior Buddy celebrate his...