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.
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 54,000 visitors annually, 12,000 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.
Exciting Tour Guide Training! With endorsement provided by the Belize Tourism Board, a
very special workshop occurred recently at the Zoo. TZB Education Director,
Jamal Andrewin, took the lead role to provide a dynamic session for 25 licensed
Our Red Tigers Rock! Just recently, we opened the dividing door between male Puma,
Carlos, and girlfriend, Freddie. They
have lived side-by-side for over a year.
Never, ever was there any hint of red tiger rage and all at the zoo
Panama Parties at 11 years old!Panama the Harpy Eagle was very curious. Why was there a 6 foot tall version of him, leading large groups of students to his enclosure, while singing a song about him? With his super acute hearing, Panama heard balloo...
The Entire Belize Zoo Is Now Accessible!After two years of fund-raising and design work and then actual on-the-ground work, the zoo is now 100 percent accessible. The rose-coloured pathways no longer stop and go, they simply GO! And lots of happy m...