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.
Jaguars in Jeopardy! Belize has a reputation for caring and guarding over our
remaining Jaguar populations. The
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is known internationally as a refuge for the
mighty Jaguar. The Central Belize
Wildlife Corridor, ...
Terrific Tapir Day! National Tapir Day has become the most important Zoo event
of the year. Every April the Zoo crew is in a high energy state preparing to
host students, teachers and special friends from different parts of Belize to
Saving the Chiquibul!The Chiquibul Forest has long been in the spotlight as the
“quiet war zone” near the border between Belize and Guatemala. This vast forest
block of over 400,000 acres has been continuously abused and exploited for its
Big Congratulations to Tony Garel!Everyone at The Belize Zoo is so proud of Tony. The Belize Audubon Society awarded our superb animal management supervisor with the extremely prestigious James A. Waight Award. The gala event, which took place recent...