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Ten amazing things about The Belize Zoo

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Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2019. 4:13 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: Founded in 1983, The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is today home to over 100 native animals of Belize. The Zoo focuses on wildlife conservation through wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education.

Thousands of Belizeans and visitors to Belize include The Belize Zoo as part of their itinerary for the unbelizeable experience of meeting ‘Indi’ the tapir, ‘Chiqui’ the jaguar or ‘Panama’ the Harpy eagle.  Let’s not forget, getting to hold the friendly Balboa.

This magnificent experience is one you can only get at the best little zoo in the world.

If you are visiting Belize, then The Belize Zoo must be on your itinerary.

Here is a list of 10 amazing things about The Belize Zoo:

  1. The Belize Zoo was founded in 1983 and served as home for wild animals that had been used in film productions of forests.
  2. The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education center exhibits over 175 animals that represent over 45 native species.
  3. The zoo is the home of 17 jaguars, as a part of its rehabilitation program for jaguars.
  4. The Belize Zoo is the 1st nature destination in Belize that is fully accessible to visitors with physical disabilities.
  5. Over 86,000 visitors arrive at The Belize Zoo every year to experience the beauty of Belize’s diverse wildlife.
  6. Did you know that you can feed ‘Indi’ the tapir? With help from zoo keepers, visitors can request to feed Indi with fruits and vegetables available at The Belize Zoo. Visitors can make this request at the front desk office.
  7. The Tapirs at The Belize Zoo are fed 50 pounds of food per day.
  8. The Belize Zoo was founded by Sharon Matola, this fearless and dynamic director is a lover of wildlife conservation.
  9. Founder of the Belize Zoo, Matola was honored with the Woman of the Year 2019 award by the United States Embassy in Belize for her steadfast commitment to preserve and conserve Belize’s natural heritage.
  10. Animals at the zoo have NOT been bought or captured from the wild but rather donated by other zoos, removed from the illegal pet trade, rescued, orphaned, abandoned, or born right here in the Zoo. The Belize Zoo also offers a nocturnal tour!

In case you are planning your trip, here’s some important information:

The Belize Zoo is located at Mile 30 on the George Price Highway covering 29 acres of tropical savanna.

Entry into the Zoo is $15 US for Foreign Adults, $5 US for Foreign Children, $7 BZ for Belizean Adults, and $2 BZ for Belizean children.

 Local school groups pay $1 BZ per person once the school has booked a visit to the Zoo beforehand.

The Belize Zoo is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with last admission at 4:15 p.m.

 

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