The Belize Zoo
The Belize Zoo
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
The Belize Zoo is an institution that cares for over 150 native wildlife, and promotes Conservation, Education, Recreation, and Research. It is also the first nature destination in Belize that is accessible to visitors with physical disabilities. We are committed to the conservation of Belize's wildlife and its habitats through the establishment of a well maintained zoological facility and education center, both poised to bring about a greater environmental awareness to the people living in Belize, and to visitors from abroad. In 2014, the Zoo became the first nature destination in the country accessible to persons with physical disabilities. TBZ believes that by bringing the people closer to the animals, which are their natural heritage, they will feel proud of these special resources, and wish to protect them for future generations. All Zoo "residents" were once pets; donated to the Zoo; rescues found injured, abandoned or orphaned and brought in rehabilitation; or born at the Zoo. The Belize Zoo receives no financial support from the Government of Belize, and generates funding to care for its residents through admission fees, tours, donations, and adoption and membership programs.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • worktotravel14
    Trenton, New Jersey3,372 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get to know the Belizean fauna and flora
    Especially if you are taking any transport to or from the airport to the jungle areas of the zoo, this is an ideal stop. It is an introduction to Belizean wildlife, as well as, the overall ecosystem of the country. Taking a conservationist lens, the zoo is a no frills experience that is attendant to preservation of endangered animals rather than the entertainment of us lurkers. Still, you will get to see some animals that you might not otherwise experience unless you are planning a deep trek into rural areas and/or the jungle such as tapirs and leopards. The zoo takes great pains to build understanding of the animals and how humans affect them with an unapologetic lens. It is refreshing and also reminds us to respect all the parts of Belize that feel untouched and are. Wear mosquito repellent if you can and avoid shady areas to avoid most bug bites. This is also, for what it's worth, a great stop for a bathroom break or simply to visit the cafe which has little snacks if you are hungry after a long days travel.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Lee M
    Alaska6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This Zoo Is Different.
    We had seen a sign for the zoo, the last time we were in Belize so we knew we had to check it out on this trip. Thanks to Albert of A Plus Adventures Belize for making this stop a part of a day long tour. Albert took us through the zoo, showing us the different animals, birds, etc. the zoo was so different than most because the cages were set up so the animals were in their natural habitat. It felt as if were walking through a rain forest. We did discover that Tapirs can shoot pee when one turned to walk away and hit our guide on the arm. The zoo is a stop I would recommend to everyone.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 27, 2023
  • Kevin K
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth two hours of your life.
    You'll love the signage, the info signs are expressed as if the animals are talking to you in the local parlance. You can get there by local bus from the Belize Bus Terminal to Belmopan. About 45 minutes. Ask the driver to drop you off at the Zoo. $5BZ is better than a $100BZ taxi.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 28, 2023
  • 907JLeMay
    Anchorage, Alaska308 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must stop
    Jose gave us an awesome three-hour tour of the zoo and it’s residents. The zoo grounds are natural jungle habitat which is refreshing to explore. Jose was knowledgeable in introducing and educating us about each animal. He enjoys his career and has interesting stories that made each encounter memorable. We did the VIP tour which I highly recommend to others. We fed the deer and tapirs carrots. We fed the turtles, and Jose fed the crocodile. It was fun to see all the turtles gathered for feeding. We had multiple encounters with different jaguars. Lindo was my favorite. We ended by feeding parrots and scarlet macaws pumpkin seeds. All animal lovers should definitely make time to visit this special place.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 8, 2023
  • Scott G
    New York City, New York74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great zoo and NOT to be missed!!!
    Absolutely LOVED this zoo! Its not the largest zoo in the world, maybe spend 2 hours. But well worth the trip. You get to see a LOT of animals from Central America that you most likely will never get to see in any other zoo. And visiting this zoo serves an especially good cause. All animals are rescue animals who, for one reason or another (orphaned, injured, etc), cannot be returned to the wild. Other than the scuba diving, which was the intended purpose of the trip, this zoo was one of the absolute highlights of our trip, and will definitely go back the next time I am in Belize.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 30, 2023
  • Laurie S
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous food!
    Small, neat, beautiful flowers and shrubs along the winding paths. Interestingly, we found the meal we had at the lunch counter to be top notch (vegetable quesadilla was remarkable and chuck full of roasted vegetables). We are foodies and were taken aback at the quality of the food! Our only regret is that the botlass flies at the zoo were awful and several in our group had their legs attacked. Even with bug spray, the injury can be severe. I did great compared to the rest of the group, but I had long sleeves and long pants. They did get my ear though and I didn't realize it until someone said "Oh my gosh, your ear is bloody!" You won't feel the bite of the bottlass, but you'll be miserable a day later!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 31, 2023
  • Anjuli S
    Washington DC, District of Columbia52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Manageable size, unique animals
    The animals are all very well cared for and you can see them quite up close! It's a quiet zoo that isn't too big, and our very young kids enjoyed it. Great stop to make on the way to the airport. There is not info about each animal by the cage, so I'd recommend connecting to the wifi so you can Google the animals. It has a small Cafe as well that is shaded and a gift shop.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 7, 2024
  • Bulldog94
    Seattle, Washington52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Zoo To Check Out!
    The Belize Zoo was really fun. The animals are all native species and we saw some great birds, tapirs, deer, a massive croc, an ocelot ( we didn't spot the jaguar and puma), monkeys, etc. They also have a nice cafe to get a bite to eat and a beer and a gift shop. Worth a stop.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 10, 2024
  • Kari Anne
    Kingston, Canada194 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little zoo to support
    We stayed at The Tropical Education Center for a few nights, so we walked to the zoo and spent most of the day there. We are big animal lovers and wouldn't visit a zoo that buys animals or treats its animals poorly. This is a small animal sanctuary. All the animals are native to Belize and have been rescued, so it's a wonderful place to support. There are lots of poems throughout the zoo, which are clearly targeted at kids for environmental education, which is great. However, it would have been nice to see a bit more informational signage. It was very easy to see most of the animals up-close, and the foliage and paths were very pretty. A few benches in the shade would be nice. We were surprised to find that the food at their cafe was good and the lunch portions were huge. We recommend spending at least a few hours at the zoo.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 11, 2024
  • Kathy K
    Fairfield Glade, Tennessee54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Belize Zoo Tour
    We visited the zoo as a tour from the cruise ship with Albert Alvarez of aplusadventuresbelize.com. He was highly recommended and provided an exceptional experience. Our group of 4 loved the zoo. Even though it rained some of the time, viewing the animals in natural habitats was heartwarming. Animals were being fed healthy fruits and vegetables while we were there. Animals appeared happy and healthy , enclosure and water was clean. It took a good 2 hours to see everything. Signs on animals and how they came to be at the zoo were so helpful. The animals are all native to Belize. We were so fortunate to have Albert as a guide as he provided more history and had an eagle eye to find the animals. Please support the Belize Zoo. You will not be disappointed.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 26, 2024
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Cathy G
Baltimore, MD168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We paid the extra money to get a guided tour and it was well worth it. Our guide got the animals to come closer. We could hear the big cats purring (even though they don't consider them big cats). The spider monkeys were my favorite. They knew sign language and would come close to the enclosure, raise their hands and sign, "FOOD" and our guide would toss a banana to them. They were the cutest little guys!! My husband's favorite was the jaguar experience. It was amazing! We bought our ticket directly at the zoo to ensure all the money went to them. It wasn't a problem, no lines. We recommend it.
Written March 30, 2020
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kenalex2017
San Francisco, CA91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I don’t like zoos. This place is not exactly a zoo. It does not breed animals for captivity and profit. As far as I know, all of the animals here are rescued. They injured a wing, or were in danger of being killed by farmers maybe. These animals are alive, basically, because of the ‘zoo’.

I’m told that whenever possible, the animals are released back into the wild. I hope that’s true.

This is also an educational place, designed to debunk myths or false ideas about the animals, who are often demonized by farmers (bless them) or others who try to capture wild animals for exotic pets. To that end, there are little snippets, often rhymes like Dr Seuss, which entertain and inform at the same time. It’s super cute.

Also, I fell in love with Sylvia the jaguar. She is the most beautiful creature I’ve ever seen! It was hard to resist putting my hand in to pet her. (I think you can’t, really, but you could easily lose a finger.)
Written January 8, 2020
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AreWeHavingFunYet
Olympia, WA798 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Small, poorly maintained local zoo with caged animals. The "jungle" grounds are disappointing. We paid $45 US for two adults and a teen and walked through in less than 30 minutes. Not worth your time or money.
Written July 6, 2022
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Linda Janie NC
Davidson, NC107 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This zoo is in the jungle so make sure you wear long sleeves, long legged pants, cover as much skin as possible and use a good insect repellent, I think they like Deet so maybe Pacaridin 20% might work better. Over all the Zoo trip we booked through the cruise line, I would probably skip it all together. It is a long bus ride and not that many animals. The upside was be did have a good guide and that is the reason for giving this a 3 instead of a 2.
Written February 13, 2020
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Kwahi J
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
I really wanted my kids to see the small and large cats of Belize. I think this zoo was the most effective way to achieve that goal. We hired a taxi driver/tour guide who got us to the zoo before anyone else once we got off a ferry from San Pedro. It was great to see all of the animals.

I wish we could do a safari to see all of the Belize fauna in their natural habitat, but this seems like the next most humane way to see the animals.

As others have noted, it's worth spending BZ$20 for some long-lasting bug spray before you arrive so you can use it before you enter the zoo.

P.S. We came to the zoo a few weeks after Hurricane Alice, so some animals were off-exhibit and the staff were still doing repairs. Even with those limitations, all of us thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Written January 2, 2023
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Chinesetigress
Seattle, WA171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
I had the zoo as a maybe when I was planning this 5day 4 night trip to Belize. We originally planned to go to the Baboon sanctuary; however, every local we spoke to had no opinion of the baboons but said the zoo was a MUST. So we went on a Monday afternoon in January 2022 around 2pm. It was pretty cheap $15USD each. The zoo itself was built in the jungle vs clearing an area and building a zoo. I loved that. When you enter there are walkways covered in vines - again real terrain not plastic! We spent a couple hours on our way back to Belize city from San Ignacio. It was really fun. Not a lot of people at all, probably due to pandemic and day of the week. Maybe 8-10 other people visiting the zoo. It was amazing, signs everywhere told the name, about how they got/rescued the animal, and cute little poems. Animals were close and some (tapir, monkey, toucan) even engaged with us. Really cute and fun! I wasn’t sure we really needed to take time out to do the zoo, but really glad we did
Written January 19, 2022
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Alexis
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
This zoo was amazing! People kept saying that it was messed up from a previous hurricane and I'm sure that was true at one point, but they really had fixed pretty much everything except the Toucan exhibit by the time we went... the animals they had were breathtaking! It was so fun also to stay at their education center overnight (you can go to their website to book it) and we had a private casita and they served the BEST dinner and breakfast we had while we were in Belize haha. The one big piece of advice I would give for the zoo is get there when they open around 8:30am and then just wait for the zookeepers to start feeding the animals and kinda follow them around, cause that's when the animals know to be out is when they are about to be fed. We got to see tons of great activity this way and I heard from others that they animals tend to hide more in the afternoon.
Written February 17, 2023
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seanwhittaker
Takoma Park, MD23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
This zoo was incredible, I went with my wife and our two teens and everyone have a great time. The zoo had multiple amenities including a gift shop and restaurant in case you didn’t bring food. The exhibits had all native animals and the enclosures mimicked the animals natural habitats. There were also some wild animals that we saw passing through the zoo such as various birds, snakes and small mammals. Overall this was a great place to visit and I would highly recommend this zoo for families with kids or teens.
Written April 14, 2022
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Richard P
Seattle, WA23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
When we visit a new country (for us), we always like to visit the local zoo to prepare us for what we may see on our visit as well as what we probably won't see. Belize Zoo fulfilled this need well. We were able to see all five of the cat species of Brazil, including the Jaguar, and as well, several Tapirs! Also lots of other ammals, birds and reptiles. The zoo is well layed out, in a well-treed, natural setting. There is a restuarant where you can get cold drinks, ice cream, and something to eat. A nice stop for your introduction to Belize. Best to visit earlier in the day when the animals tend to be more active.
Written March 6, 2020
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Gin C
Plymouth, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I don't like zoos, but this one is very different. Other than the caged birds, you have more of a feeling of being in the wild than I have ever experienced in a zoo. The fascinating rather home-made signs supply plenty of information about each animal and we saw all the monkeys we heard but didn't see when actually in the jungle, as well as the puma and jaguar, crocodiles and plenty of uncaged birds, too. Well worth a visit.
Written February 21, 2020
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