With endorsement provided by the Belize Tourism Board, a
very special workshop occurred recently at the Zoo. TZB Education Director,
Jamal Andrewin, took the lead role to provide a dynamic session for 25 licensed
Just recently, we opened the dividing door between male Puma,
Carlos, and girlfriend, Freddie. They
have lived side-by-side for over a year.
Never, ever was there any hint of red tiger rage and all at the zoo
anticipated an easy introduction.
Panama the Harpy Eagle was very curious. Why was there a 6 foot tall version of him, leading large groups of students to his enclosure, while singing a song about him? With his super acute hearing, Panama heard balloons popping and students laughing, as they played games and jumped in a “Finding Nemo” bouncy castle.
After two years of fund-raising and design work and then actual on-the-ground work, the zoo is now 100 percent accessible. The rose-coloured pathways no longer stop and go, they simply GO! And lots of happy moments are to be had for anyone with diverse abilities. Some of the zoo animals come close up to see their wheelchair visitors. Not used to seeing kids or adults in “moving chairs”, the animal curiosity is also fun to observe.
Zoo staff has been waiting to see our white lipped peccaries (warrees), have young ones for ages… and ages. Finally, and very recently, a baby warree has been added to our troop! Sure took us all by surprise, but then, most things that happen at The Best Little Zoo in the World do that. The baby has successfully become a “member of good standing” in the noisy and smelly troop. He or she follows mom peccary closely, and the others stand guard over the little warree, which is similar to the behavior that would be expressed in the wild.