The Belize Zoo 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 170 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.
The Belize Zoo has become the first nature destination in Belize that is fully accessible to visitors with physical disabilities.
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 65,000 visitors annually, 15,000 being Belizean students, parents and teachers, as part of the progressive education programs, and popular zoo events including: Birthday parties for Fuego the Tapir, Junior Buddy the Jaguar, and Panama the Harpy Eagle; summer camps; and Student Career Training.
The Belize Zoo's "Other Side"Many visitors to the “Best Little Zoo in the World” stay at our fun and rustic Zoo Lodge. The Lodge, known as the Tropical Education Center (TEC) is set on 84 acres of beautiful pine savanna habitat. And, yes,...
Belize Zoo's Incredible Interns! The Belize Zoo Internship Program has grown into a very productive and exciting initiative over the years. People from all walks of life come from all over the world to the Zoo to make their contributions to our impor...
Curassow Chicks at The Belize Zoo!Bird’s the word for Belize Zoo staff, as we welcome a beautiful pair of Great Curassow chicks to the Curassow family group. Parents “Hans and Sigi” are the best Mom and Dad, too. “ Sigi” sees that her chicks are al...