Type of Attraction
Nature Reserve, Wildlife Sanctuary
Gold Standard

  • Keel-Billed Toucan
  • Tapir
  • Scarlet Macaw
  • Jaguar
  • Iguana

About Location
The Belize Zoo is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife through environmental education and rehabilitation. The zoo is located in the Belize District and is home to over 175 species of animals, including jaguars, ocelots, tapirs, and monkeys.

The zoo was founded in 1983 by Sharon Matola, who was inspired by her work with orphaned and injured animals. The zoo is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its animals, and it also works to educate the public about the importance of conservation.

It's the first nature destination in Belize that is fully accessible to handicapped visitors.

The Belize Zoo is a great place to learn about wildlife conservation and to see some of the amazing animals that call Belize home. The zoo is open to the public year-round and offers a variety of educational programs and activities.

Did You Know?

The Belize Zoo is a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). WAZA is a global organization that promotes the highest standards of animal care and conservation.
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The Belize Zoo Lodge (Tropical Education Center) is an 84 acre site set on tropical savannah adjacent to the Belize Zoo in the heart of the Central Belize Corridor. It was established ... morein 1994, and, combined with the Belize Zoo, forms one institution.

The lodge provides accommodations, meals, hot/cold showers, a natural history library, and a lecture hall. Families, student groups, backpackers and campers are some of the many guests hosted throughout the year.

Activities include birdwatching (over 220 species recorded), savannah trail hikes, river canoe trips, and nocturnal tours of the Belize Zoo.
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Belize Rural
Central Coast
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The Belizing Dream Team took their first trip together to the Belize Zoo! We got to see some beautiful creatures living in the zoo and we were quite astonished by the amount of animals ... morein one location. It was such a great time! The Belize Zoo is definitely a must see for anyone living or visiting Belize!
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Belizing Staff
Added Date:
Wednesday, 31 Jan, 2018
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If you're looking for a fun and educational day trip from Hopkins or Placencia, a visit to the Belize Zoo is a must! This zoo is home to over 170 animals and is a great way to get ... moreup close and personal with some of Belize's most iconic wildlife.

The Belize Zoo was founded in 1983 as a sanctuary for animals that had been orphaned, rescued, or donated from other zoos. Unlike many traditional zoos, the animals at the Belize Zoo are all native to Belize, and the focus is on conservation and education rather than entertainment.

One of the highlights of the Belize Zoo is the opportunity to see Belize's big cats up close. The zoo is home to jaguars, ocelots, and pumas, and visitors can watch them lounging in the shade or prowling around their enclosures. There are also plenty of birds to see, including colorful toucans, parrots, and macaws. But the Belize Zoo isn't just about big cats and birds. You can also see monkeys, tapirs, crocodiles, and even a few snakes. One of the most popular exhibits is the harpy eagle, one of the largest and most powerful birds of prey in the world. The Belize Zoo is home to a breeding pair of these magnificent birds, and visitors can watch them swooping through the trees and perching on their branches.

After lunch, we will head to the Blue Hole National Park for a refreshing swim in the Blue Hole cenote or take pictures of the amazing scenery. Blue Hole Cenote was formed by the collapse of an underground limestone cave. The Blue Hole is located 45 minutes' drive from the Belize Zoo.

Your guide/driver will also give you the option to stop at Country Barn Ice-cream on the Hummingbird Highway.
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Departs From:
Belize City
To be able to view the wildlife of a country in its natural habitat at the zoo is a treat. Dub as the best little zoo in the world, the Belize Zoo provides this incredible opportunity ... morefor visitors to get up close and be in the company of a wide variety of wild animals in Belize. Known for its protection and conservation of animals found in the jungle of Belize, visitors are completely satisfied and amazed after experiencing the Zoo. This tour starts in Belize City where after being picked up your train and licensed driver/guide will drive you just about 50 mins west of Belize City for your guided tour of the Zoo. Along the way, you will be presented with valuable information about our country's rich culture and history. Once at the Zoo and after a chance to use the restroom your tour gets started of the zoo itself. As you walk from one display to another your tour guide will be giving you interesting information about each animal you will be seeing. You will be able to see most of the animals that are found in Belize and this region. After about an hour and a half, your tour is complete and you get a chance to look around the gift shop at the zoo then make your way back to the City.
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Type of Vehicle:
Full Size Van
G&W enterprise can do pickups from anywhere within Belmopan city limits. The journey along the George Price highway is 45 minutes to the Belize Zoo. The cost of the transfer is ... morefor a round trip. The gate fee is not included.
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