The zoo compound is situated on 29 acres of savanna, but all of the action happens at the zoo’s epicenter, located just 29 miles from Belize City. The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center exhibit over 200 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.
A visit to The Zoo is the best way to get an introduction to the mammals of Belize and to understand why it is important to protect the habitats that sustain them. Here at the Zoo, you get a chance to get up close and personal with Belize’s National Animal, the Central American Tapir. As you walk around the Zoo you will see spider monkeys, white-tailed deer, coatimundis, white-lipped peccaries, and Belize’s five wildcat species. You can even give a jaguar a “high five” by doing a Jaguar Encounter.