Belize Zoo

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The new Belize Zoo was started in 1983 after 17 animals were left from the filming of a documentary film.  Over 100 animals have been added to the 84 acre site since then - many of them are endangered species.  The Zoo is worth the trip, since it is well run, and with one notable exception, all of the animals seem to be happy, well adjusted, and well cared for.  Located approximately 29 miles from Belize City on the Western Highway - an easy drive.  Phone 501-081-3004.  Open 9am-5pm most days.

April the Tapir
April the Tapir - the Belize Zoo mascot.  The tapir is the country's national animal.

Spider Monkey
Spider Monkey - in the trees.

Peccaries - a type of wild pig, native to the jungle.

Ocelot - a small cat that is also native to the jungle.

Yellow-headed Parrot
Yellow-headed Parrot

Scarlet Macaw
Scarlet Macaw

Jaguar in the trees
Jaguar in the trees - the traditional colours - tan and black spots.

Jaguar in the trees
Another photo of the jaguar.

Black Jaguar
Black Jaguar - the only animal that appears to be neurotic, but a beautiful specimen non-the-less.  When you are up close to it, there are spots barely visible, despite the coat being all black.  (The spots are not visible in this photo.)

Keel-billed Toucan
Keel-billed Toucan

Keel-billed Toucan
another photo of the Toucan


The Belize Zoo have their own web site.   Once you get there, explore all the information they provide about the animals.


Go next to Placencia & the Cockscomb Sanctuary




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