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 health steadily declined. Lucky Boy was twenty years old and fought chronic health problems ever since his arrival to the Zoo in 2012. This stellar jaguar brought joy and happiness to the lives of many for well over four years. The Belize Zoo is committed to keeping his special spirit alive forever. Lucky Boy , such a an incredible guy, is, and always will be, greatly missed.
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 and Development, FCD, who found her drowning in a stream, she was then taken to Belize Wildlife Referral Clinic, BWRC, and over a period of time, her health was lovingly restored.
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 Belize’s endemic species! Additionally, water retention during the rainy season, providing habitat and corridors for wildlife (including game species), and yielding timber and medicinal products are a few of the many important services the savanna provides.
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 2nd year running, The Belize Zoo was proud to be part of this admirable effort to keep our country clean. This year, we had fine and enthusiastic help from our neighbour friends.
Living Independently In Full Existence, LIFE, is a unique organization brimming with positive force and happy objectives. Under the talented leader ship of Sister Carlette Gentle, a trained social worker and member of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, LIFE brings joy and magic into the lives of our senior citizens living in the southside area of Belize City.