When we hear the word “police “ what do we quickly consider? Crime. Arrests. Law Breaks. A list of not-so-nice events which sadly, have affected so many of us living and working in Belize. Well, there is another side of the word “police” which was so beautifully expressed this weekend at the Zoo!
Yes, we have an outstanding group of Wildlife Ambassadors at The Belize Zoo. Our Tapirs, Jaguars, the fun Spider Monkeys and Crocodiles, and the rest of the critter clan, all provide an educational and fun experience to our visitors.
However, any zoo with an invaluable animal collection depends on a well-trained and committed zookeeper staff in order to see that things remain sound and healthy. Our eager zookeepers warmly welcomed a team of colleagues from Milwaukee County and Cheyenne Mountain Zoos. All agreed that the week training and knowledge exchange was a life-changing experience.
Holiday cheer was in the air at TBZ when we hosted a special day out for the charming children from The Inspiration Center. This wonderful institution is dedicated to enriching the lives of children with disabilities in Belize through inclusive cultural and recreational activities. The Zoo, being accessible to persons with physical disabilities, was a perfect venue for such positive engagement. Teaming up with conservation colleague, Colette Kase, and the folks at the Inspiration Center, the children and their families were given a day to remember!
Many of us know the story of the “backyard zoo” starting in 1983. However, December 2016 marks the 25th year of “The Best Little Zoo in the World” being located at its official site in 1991: Mile 29, George Price Highway. And what an interesting and progressive 25 years it has been!