A very special jaguar cub came to us in early June 2016 after being rescued from drowning in the Chiquibul Forest. Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD) rangers out on patrol heard cries of distress coming from the river and swiftly went to the rescue.
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.
The spooks came out to play this Halloween weekend at the Zoo, and our grounds were full with all sorts of strange creatures roaming around! Children and parents dressed up as characters of all shapes and sizes. This was the 3rd annual BOO AT THE ZOO. It was a great event that was creative, a little on the creepy-crawly side, but totally tons of fun for everyone.
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.