The Belize Zoo is “the Best Little Zoo in the World!” It is focused on wildlife conservation, through wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education. Back in 1983, the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center was established to provide a home for wild animals that were used in making documentary films about tropical forests. This is the only sure place to have a face-to-face with Belize’s largest cat, the mighty Jaguar! The zoo makes the jaguar experience easy and memorable, not to be missed!

The Belize Zoo is now settled upon 29 acres of tropical savannah and has approximately 125 animals all native to Belize. Whenever possible, all wildlife that can be rehabilitated and considered able to survive naturally are reintroduced to the environment. Animals that cannot go back into the environment are maintained in a natural setting at the zoo, where they become a part of the program that educates people about the natural history of Belize. This truly is a special place to feel connected to wildlife.

Notable residents at the Belize Zoo include the Toucan, Belize’s national bird, the Tapir, Belize’s national animal, and the five largest cats in Central America. There is a visitor center where an abundance of information can be acquired about the zoo, its animals and history.  There is also a small gift shop where guests can purchase remembrances of their tour of the Belize Zoo.

Visitors can experience the zoo’s natural wildlife habitat just off mile 29 traveling southwest from Belize City along the George Price Highway (formerly the Western Highway). The highway is a regular bus route, so visitors taking the bus should not encounter any problems finding the zoo. Use this Belize map for convenience. For overnight travelers, there is a wide range of Belize hotels nearby in the Cayo district that range in prices to suit any budget.

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Just across the highway on the opposite side of Zoo, is the Tropical Education Center. A short walk or drive down the road will transport visitors to the 84-acre property, developed for the promotion of environmental education and research.

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Getting Here

The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is a zoo in Belize, located some 29 miles west of Belize City on the Western Highway.

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