Belize has a reputation for caring and guarding over our
remaining Jaguar populations. The
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is known internationally as a refuge for the
mighty Jaguar. The Central Belize
Wildlife Corridor, a swath of land which connects the forests of our northern
regions, to those forests further south, is credited for providing a “jungle
highway” for roaming Jaguars.
National Tapir Day has become the most important Zoo event
of the year. Every April the Zoo crew is in a high energy state preparing to
host students, teachers and special friends from different parts of Belize to
celebrate our beloved national animal, the ”Mountain Cow.” This year,
celebrations were held on April 29th, and what a celebration it was!
The Chiquibul Forest has long been in the spotlight as the
“quiet war zone” near the border between Belize and Guatemala. This vast forest
block of over 400,000 acres has been continuously abused and exploited for its
natural wealth, largely by illegal incursions from Guatemala. Many know it as
the forest of xaté palm, gold, and timber, but, more importantly, the Chiquibul
provides fresh water for over 40% of Belize’s population. It provides life for
Belizeans, and critical habitat for important biodiversity in our country,
including the severely threatened scarlet macaw. Destruction caused by the
Chalillo Dam has made access to the Chiquibul and the macaw nests even easier
for poachers and thieves.
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine is located on the island of St. Kitts and has graduated over 2,000 veterinarians since opening its doors in 1978. While studying at Ross Vet School, students get hands-on experience with animals including dogs, cats, cattle, horses, donkeys and sheep.
Everyone at The Belize Zoo is so proud of Tony. The Belize Audubon Society awarded our superb animal management supervisor with the extremely prestigious James A. Waight Award. The gala event, which took place recently at the Chateau Caribbean Hotel, was a highly-spirited evening. Tony received his beautiful plaque from James Waight’s grandson, Mica James Del Margo.