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. It is a non-governmental, non-profit organization focused on wildlife conservation through wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education.
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 68,000 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 Zoo Reading Program is a Winner!
The Belize Zoo Education Department, teaming up with Belize-loving Mr. Jim Axelsson from the United States , has introduced an exciting and very welcome reading program. Learning that the literacy rate in Be...
Yellow-headed Happenings at the Zoo
Belize can proudly boast being home to 9 species of those wonderfully charismatic birds: the parrots. Parrots are renowned for being “nature’s gardeners.” Their important role as seed predators and dispersers he...
READY FOR 2016!
As the New Year starts, we welcome 2016 and are ready to begin our new exciting programs and projects at The Belize Zoo.
Wildlife awareness and education, as ever, play the key role in our upcoming plans. Barn Owl Ambassador, “Ha...
Panama Turns Twelve!
Bird was definitely the word as we celebrated Panama the Harpy Eagle’s 12th birthday recently. Smart raptors like Panama have excellent memories, so, every year, it’s our job to make sure the party is different and even bette...