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.
FAREWELL TO LUCKY BOY
(November 4th 2016)
The Belize Zoo sadly announces that our beloved black jaguar, Lucky Boy, has passed away. Our staff attended to him for over two weeks, providing care and constant medical attention. Unfortunately, his he...
Chiqui the Jaguar Cub!
What fun to write a happy report about such a special animal, Chiqui (short for Chiquibul), the recently rescued jaguar cub. This little girl had such a tough start in life. Rescued by Rangers from Friends of Conservation...
Science and the Savannah!
The savanna habitat surrounding the Belize Zoo is part of one of the most unique ecosystems in Belize. Less than 10% of Belize’s land surface area is classified as savanna, but this small percentage contains over 40% of Bel...
Trash Talk and a Green Walk
What a load of garbage! The 2016 “Walk for a Green Belize” campaign, led by Department of the Environment, saw a whopping 10,000 lbs of garbage collected along all 77 miles of the historic George Price Highway. For the 2n...