The signs all around the zoo are written in Belizian dialect and give the local name for the animal as well as an insight into their characters.
My favourite animals were the beautiful, sleek black jaguar and the charismatic scarlet macaw (parrot). It seems as though the animals come to have a look at you as much as you looking at them, and pose for your camera. There is a chance however, that you may not see some of the animals that are there, as the enclosures have been designed to look as much like the dense natural forest as possible, and they often sneak away to the sides backing on to the jungle.
Other unusual animals include the tapir (the national animal of Belize), peccaries (wild pigs), a kinkajou (the 'nightwalker' in Belizean), and the 6ft tall jabiru stork.
The tropical education centre at the zoo is very good, spreading the message for the importance of conservation of species and habitats throughout the world.
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London, United Kingdom
February 21, 2007
From journal Life in Belize
Redondo Beach, California
September 12, 2005
The Belize Zoo is a small, well-kept and run zoo that features the indigenous wildlife, all individuals of which have been rescued.
Hand-lettered signs give background information on the species, as well as the particular animal.
The enclosures are not huge but appear to be roomy enough for the animals and have a lot of vegetation. We're not talking old-style concrete cages and bars, but rather more naturalistic enclosures that still allow the visitor good views of the animals.
The cats, of course, drew a lot of attention. I have to admit to a soft spot for tapirs, since I was lucky enough to be able to work with them in the wild while in vet school.
From journal Belize Spring 2005
January 15, 2005
From journal Voyager of the Seas, 03/21/2004
May 18, 2004
From journal Ya betta Belize it!
December 1, 2003
The zoo also has jaguars, birds, etc., but what you really want to see is the Mountain Cow! It is, by far, the strangest-looking animal I have ever seen. Colored like an elephant with an anteater's nose and roughly the same size as a small pony, this nice, slow herbivore is the national animal of Belize. It's actual name is Baird's Tapir. Go see it.
From journal A Week in Belize
May 8, 2001
From journal Girls Trip to Belize
October 18, 2000
From journal Return to Belize
October 13, 2000
From journal Postcard From the Cayo District