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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Recommended Activities
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Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Take a trip to the western part of the country to visit the iconic Xunantunich Archaeological Site. With stunning views from the summit, you can see lush for miles above Belize's jungle ... morecanopy to the east and across the border into Guatemala in the west. 

After, you'll get to learn from hands on experience on how to make your own chocolate by using traditional techniques of the Mayas, followed by lunch to experience some local cuisine. 

Finish off your day with a visit to the Belize Zoo and learn about the local fauna and all the conservation efforts being done by the zoo to keep these local animals in existence for future generations.
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Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Travel into the granite filled Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve and explore everything from caves to waterfalls. Stop in to visit the hidden Rio Frio Cave and learn about the many uses ... morethe ancient Maya had for caves such as these.

Then move on to the Rio on Pools to enjoy the fresh and cool water while exploring the many small falls around.

Once all is done travel off the beaten path for a bit to visit one of the most beautiful views known as the 1000ft falls.
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Departs From:
San Ignacio Town
Experience San Ignacio like a Local! An authentic local experience of San Ignacio town with a local guide. Includes transporation, lunch, guide, and park fees. Market Experience Travel ... morethrough the lovely western town of San Ignacio and take a stop in to peek around the local market. While in the market get a look at the local produce, food (so bring your appetite) and even local arts.

Mayan Ruins After we have filled our eyes and stomach, we travel to the iconic Xunantunich Archaeological Site, with stunning views from the summit, you can see lush for miles above Belize's jungle canopy to the east and across the border into Guatemala in the west. 

Chocolate Making In the afternoon we spend time to learn from hands on experience on how to make your own chocolate by using traditional techniques of the Mayas.

Wildlife Finish the day off at the Green Iguana Conservation Project to learn about the efforts being done to preserve this threatened species whilst getting the opportunity to get up close and personal with them.

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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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