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.
This time of year in Belize typically means hot and dry days all around. People and wildlife look for ways to stay cool as we move into the peak of the dry season: shaded hang out spots, a cool dip in a river or pond and staying rehydrated are all ways to beat the heat!
They grow up so fast! Seems like only yesterday when our Junior Buddy was a new born cub at the zoo. His mother, Springfield, came to us as a problem jaguar sheep killer from the Mennonite village of Springfield.
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 Belize was one of the lowest in the region, it was decided that efforts needed to be focused upon this problem. And so it was, and in a very fun way, too.
TBZ and Mr. Axelsson agreed that many kids love books about animals and nature. Using this thought as a theme, the good organization known as Better World Books was approached. This “back-to-the-book” organization has shipped children’s books to reading-hungry kids all over the world. Learning about the situation in Belize, which combined a low literacy rate along with little access to affordable children’s literature, Better World Books agreed to help.