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The Belize Zoo

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George Price Highway, La Democracia, Belize
+501 822-8000
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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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
George Price Highway, La Democracia, Belize
+501 822-8000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This zoo is through the jungle with animals in their natural habitat. Animals are either rescues from injuries or home destruction or were born there. All animals are native to Belize. Cafe offers VERY GOOD, cheap food for lunch. Wear walking shoes and clothes to...More

Thank Emily S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fantastic zoo! It's almost entirely populated by local flora and fauna. I had never seen a tapir before I visited this zoo and now they are my favorite (picture a combination of a sloth and an anteater). The signs are informative and...More

Thank Jules858
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent place to stop and visit. This zoo is beautiful and walking around the grounds it feels like you are in a tropical jungle. There are beautiful trees and flowers all around. The animals are well taken care of, there are plenty...More

Thank alliedinwiddie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This small zoo is a true delight! It's privately funded, and many of the animals are rescues. It has great signs, beautiful fauna, and loving caretakers. We were able to see most of the animals, as the enclosures are designed to give good views along...More

Thank jenniferthomas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent zoo with well taken care of animals. The staff are credible and truly care for the animals. Our girls did the jaguar encounter and it was well worth the money. All animals are up close and easy to see. Highly recommend stopping here.

Thank Jennifer H
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The zoo is small but gorgeous! Steve Irwin visited this zoo a few years ago. This zoo only carries it's own local species.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Love that they only have local flora and fauna. This ensures all animals are adapted to the climate!

Thank Alexandra C
Reviewed May 19, 2017 via mobile

All the animals here are native to Belize and many have been re-homed from former zoos or private homes (where they were kept illegally). The animal enclosures are incorporated into the local landscape and it feels less like a zoo and more like a nature...More

Thank Aries C
Reviewed May 15, 2017

A great way to learn about the local animal inhabitant of the area. Creatures are amazing and beautiful.

Thank TRivers142
Reviewed May 13, 2017

The Belize Zoo was the last stop of our day tour after climbing the ruins at Xunantunich and Zip lining. The enclosures are large and with heavy vegetation. I do understand other reviewers comments about not being able to see some of the animals as...More

Thank exsea
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How long should you plan to visit the zoo?
May 2, 2017|
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Response from Jamal A | Property representative |
Hi there! We recommend an hour at the very least. 1.5 to 2 hours is ideal to tour the Zoo at a leisurely pace, especially in the April heat.
Is the zoo open on Monday March 6, 2017 ?
March 4, 2017|
Response from Jamal A | Property representative |
Yes, we will be open.
Alexis Yvonne M
How much is a taxi from Belize City to the zoo?
January 20, 2017|
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Response from Rasharra_Solarix | Reviewed this property |
There are no flat rates for taxis in Belize. Expect to spend $25-$30 US but negotiate a price in advance. Be certain that you have the return set up also. A Regular bus from Belize City to Belize Zoo (29 miles) is about 45... More