…I was never really interested in zoos, I just never wanted to support the idea of keeping animals in small cages, for our own selfish pleasure…
But the Belize Zoo was something else.
The Belize Zoo was started in 1983, as a last ditch effort to provide a home for a collection of wild animals which had been used in making documentary films about tropical forests.
Shortly after the backyard “zoo” began, it was quickly realized that its Belizean visitors were unfamiliar with the different species of wildlife which shared their country. This very aspect fomented the commitment to develop the little zoo into a dynamic wildlife education center.
Today, The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Centre exhibit over 175 animals, representing over 45 native species.
First of all, the animals in this zoo were not bought or captured from the wild by anyone. Most of the animals are rescued or orphaned. Several animals were donated by other zoos or they were removed from the illegal pet trade or some of them were born in the zoo.
Secondly, all wildlife housed at the Belize Zoo is native in the region. This is why it feels so good to walk around: you can feel, that the animals are home. Tapirs, jaguars, harpy eagles, howler monkeys (you can hear them all over the country not just in the zoo), scarlet macaws parrots and a lot of other beauties call the zoo their home. Also, the whole zoo it’s like walking in the jungle… They take care of the plants as well, which makes the experience more authentic. If you ever travel to Belize I highly recommend visiting The Belize Zoo.