The Belize Zoo

Open Daily: Mon-Sat - 8:30 am to 5 pm / Sun - 8:30 am to 4 pm

Adults (13+): $15USD / Children (3-12): $5USD

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Zoo Hours

Monday- Saturday - 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

*Last entrance 1 hour before closing. The zoo is open year-round except on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Admission Prices

Adults(13+) – $15.00
Children 3-12 yrs – $5.00
Infants (0-2) - Free

*All prices in USD.

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Discover the Belize Zoo, home to the rehabilitated, orphaned, and rescued wildlife of Belize! Everyone is family here, from the iguanas and agoutis that wander along the pathways, to the zookeepers and maintenance crew, and the harpy eagles. As a tropical mecca for biodiversity, the wetlands, jungles, rivers, and seas make Belize a haven for the most exotic wildlife residents, including tapirs, jaguars, spider monkeys, keel-billed toucans, scarlet macaws, and more!

You will meet over 150 native animals within 29 acres of a forest oasis at The Belize Zoo. It’s an experience that will forever shift your views on zoos, plus it’s the first nature destination in Belize that is fully accessible to persons with physical disabilities.

Get acquainted with the wildlife of the Belize jungles at the Belize Zoo. All our animals have a unique story of either being orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo, rehabilitated, or sent to us as donations from other zoological institutions. The zoo's primary mission is centered around wildlife conservation. The four primary goals of the Zoo are to enhance Education, Conservation, Research, and Recreation for the people of Belize.

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$14.50 USD ONLY! Book your entry tickets and visit the Belize Zoo today. A visit to the Zoo is the best way to get an introduction to the animals of Belize and to understand why it ... moreis important to protect the habitats that sustain them.

The Belize Zoo has become the first nature destination in Belize that is fully accessible to visitors with physical disabilities. It is a non-governmental, non-profit organization focused on wildlife conservation through wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education.

The best little zoo in the world, with over 200 rescued animals and over 45 native species.

Opening Hours:
8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Saturday - Last entrance at 4:00 PM
8:30am to 4:00pm on Sundays - Last entrance at 3:00 PM
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Exclusive VIP Experience of the Best little Zoo in the World, The Belize Zoo🦉! Come and meet some of the most charismatic residents of the Belize Zoo, and learn about their stories, ... moreand their species’ role in Belize’s culture, ecology, and economy from the people who know them best.

The tour is led by senior Zoo Personnel who are experts in natural history, animal care, and wildlife biology and conservation.

This unique Zoo tour will allow you to have personal interactions with the animals, “behind the scenes” encounters, and richer discussions about the history, mission, and conservation work of the Belize Zoo.

The tour lasts 2-3 hours, and includes over 25 species of Belizean wildlife, including jaguars, tapirs, harpy eagles, scarlet macaws, and keel-billed toucans.

After the tour visit our Harpy Café for a cold beer and lunch or visit The Wild Ting Giftshop for a t-shirt of your favorite animal or a Belize Zoo souvenir. *This VIP tour does not include lunch. Guests can purchase lunch at the Harpy Café.*

Tour cost: $US340.00 for up to 6 persons, each additional person is $US65 up to 10 pax maximum (includes admission tickets) 
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Nocturnal Jungle Experience of the Best little Zoo in the World, The Belize Zoo🦉! The Belize Zoo at Night is an opportunity to take a walk on the wild side by being fully immersed ... moreinto a nocturnal, jungle environment. Even those who have seen the Belize Zoo during the day will be impressed by the ambient transformation that happens when the sun sets.

Certain species at the Belize Zoo, such as jaguars, tapirs, and ocelots may be encountered during the day, but are much more energetic and interactive after sunset. Other species such as the paca (gibnut), kinkajou, and several species of owls, are only encountered at night. 

Guests are taken on an after-hours tour of the Zoo by a highly knowledgeable Zookeeper, and, using skillfully aimed flashlights, will be introduced to over a dozen native “creatures of the night.” The nocturnal tour runs for an hour and a half and typically starts at 7pm, an earlier start can be arranged. 

Tour cost: $US100.00 for up to 4 persons, each additional person is $US20 up to 10 pax maximum.

BOOK Your Belize Zoo Entrance Tickets Here! 
Both the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center are now approved under the Belize Tourism Board's Gold Standard Health and Safety Program. All the protocols and safety measures of the Gold Standard program have been implemented for your safety when visiting the Zoo.

Belize Zoo Visitor Checklist

  • Zoo Tickets
  • Belize Zoo Map
  • Camera for Photos
  • Insect Repellent
  • Extra Cash for Souvenirs
Things to Know Before you Go:
  • No Smoking
  • No Food
  • No Lasers
  • No Feeding the Animals
  • No Touching the Animals
  • No Harassing the Animals
  • No Pets allowed
The Belize Zoo is the first nature destination in Belize that is accessible to persons with physical disabilities.

Belize Zoo Night Tour

Looking for something out of the ordinary? One of the things you just have to experience while visiting Belize is the The Belize Zoo's night tour ! Join our Belize Travel Channel team as we give you a quick look at what happens when the sun goes down at the best little zoo in the world. To book a night tour of the The Belize Zoo call 501-613-4966. At least 24 hours notice is needed to ensure all tour arrangements are made.
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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 ... morewas a young Zhawn Poot, whose father has worked at the zoo for many years. Young Zhawn was inspired to pursue a career in conservation. 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.
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Zhawn Poot
The Belize Zoo is more than just a zoo. It is indeed the best little zoo in the world, but it is also very unique in its approach and focus as a conservation and education center in ... moreBelize. Zhawn Poot from Belize Zoological EDventures talks about the wildlife education and conservation efforts of The Belize Zoo. In this extended interview Zhawn talks about the Harpy Eagle Restoration Program and the Belize Tapir Project spearheaded by The Belize Zoo and why these efforts are so important in Belize. He also talks about the zoo's yearly summer camp for kids that he has been involved with from his early childhood days. He is now one of the camp counselors and he explains why this is so near and dear to his heart and how it helps to inspire the younger generation of Belizeans to develop a deep appreciation for nature and conservation.
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Zhawn Poot

Bringing the Zoo to You

About the Belize Zoo

The Belize Zoo was started in 1983 by Sharon Matola, as a last-ditch effort to provide a home for a collection of wild animals which had been used in making documentary films about tropical forests.

Shortly after the backyard "zoo" began, it was quickly realized that its Belizean visitors were unfamiliar with the different species of wildlife which shared their country. This very aspect fomented the commitment to develop the little zoo into a dynamic wildlife education center.

Today, The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center exhibits over 150 animals, representing over 45 native species. The Zoo keeps animals that were orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo, rehabilitated animals, or sent to The Belize Zoo as donations from other zoological institutions.
*(Photo Credit: Adon Tzib/Saasil Photo)