The Belize Zoo
The Belize Zoo is the perfect place to learn about and interact with the wonderful diversity of the country’s wildlife. It was founded in 1983 as a rescue center for abandoned and orphaned animals. The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is the premier facility for Belize used to teach locals and visitors about the importance of conserving, cherishing, and protecting Belize’s flora and fauna.
The Belize Zoo encompasses more than 29 acres of pristine savannah. It is the only facility of its kind to offer complete access for disabled visitors. More than 175 animals now reside in the center, all of them indigenous species native to Belize, including Baird’s tapir (Belize’s national animal), white-tailed deer, spider monkeys, white-lipped peccaries, kinkajous, howler monkeys, and all five of Central America’s native wild cats, including jaguars. The center is also home to several avian species, including toucans (Belize’s national bird), great egrets, brown pelicans (an endangered species), spectacled owls, collared aracari, great curassows, and scarlet macaws.
Regularly referred to as the “Best Little Zoo in the World”, the Belize Zoo is located just off the Western Highway. It is approximately 29 miles (47 km) southwest of Belize City. Regular tours depart from Amber Sunset Jungle Resort, making it easy and convenient for visitors. Visitors can take advantage of these tours to learn about the native wildlife in Belize. The zoo has a visitor center where you can learn more about the facility, its history, and animal residents. There is also a small gift shop where visitors can purchase souvenirs and help support the facility’s mission.
Tropical Education Center
A road separates the Tropical Education Center from the zoo. It has 84 acres dedicated to scientific research and conservation activities. The center serves as an educational outpost and advocates for protecting Belize’s biodiversity. Touring the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center takes about 90 minutes. This will give you an unparalleled opportunity to see native mammals, birds, reptiles, and a colorful assortment of flora in their natural habitat.