Belize Zoo & Tropical Education Center
In 1983 the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center was established to provide a home for wild animals that were used in making documentary films about tropical forests. The Belize Zoo is now settled upon 29 acres of tropical savannah and has approximately 125 animals all native to Belize. Whenever possible, all wildlife that can be rehabilitated and considered able to survive naturally are reintroduced to the environment.
The animals that cannot go back into the environment are maintained in a natural setting at the zoo, where they become a part of the program that educates people about the natural history of Belize. Notable residents at the Belize Zoo include the Toucan, Belize’s national bird, the Tapir, Belize’s national animal, and the five largest cats in Central America, including the Jaguar.
Often referred to as “The Best Little Zoo in the World”, visitors can experience the joy of these beautiful animals just off mile 29 traveling southwest from Belize City along the Western Highway. The highway is a regular bus route, so visitors taking the bus should not encounter any problems finding the Zoo. There is a visitor center where an abundance of information can be acquired about the zoo, its animals and history, and also a small gift shop where guests can purchase remembrances of their tour of the Belize Zoo.
Just across the highway on the opposite side of Zoo, is the Tropical Education Center. A short walk/drive down the road will transport visitors to the 84-acre property, developed for the promotion of environmental education and research.