Conservation

How Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" Irwin inspired a young Belizean to love conservation

Zhawn Poot 12/30/2019 30 minutes

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Zhawn Poot is one of Belize's top young tour guides. Zhawn is a native of San Ignacio, Belize and has been a licensed tour guide since the age of 17. 

In 2003, the world famous Steve "The Crocodile Hunter" visited Belize and made a special appearance at the Belize Zoo for their 20th anniversary celebration. In attendance was a young Zhawn Poot, whose father has worked at the zoo for many years. Zhawn was inspired to pursue a career in conservation and became a tour guide at the age of 17. He holds a degree in Tourism Management and has worked on various conservation projects throughout the country. In this episode of The Belize Travelcast, Zhawn and Javier discuss his love of nature and conservation including some of the work he has done in Belize and some of his favorite activities in Belize, including his love for birding in Belize.

Zhawn has a passion for conservation and education. His goal is not to merely show you Belize, but teach you about the things you will encounter in Belize. Zhawn is actively involved in many conservation initiatives and is one of the leaders of the Belize Zoo's annual summer camp that teaches young children about the importance of conservation. 

You can book a tour with Zhawn for an exclusive Saturday experience in San Ignacio using the links below.

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Zhawn Poot

Zhawn Poot is one of Belize's top young tour guides. Zhawn is a native of San Ignacio, Belize and has been a licensed tour guide since the age of 17. He has worked on many conservation projects throughout the country and can often be found at the Belize Zoo or running the Zoo's summer camp.

Excellent show Javier, and great great job Zhawn am very very proud to have listened to such an educative young tour guide and let me say also, I sure did learned a few things from you. I am a tour guide myself heading into my 17 years this May 2020. All the best to you Zhawn in your future endeavors and looking forward to meeting you some day soon! Allen Dawson
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