As the only facility of its kind within the Latin American and Caribbean region, the Belize Zoo delicately combines all the fascination and appeal of a modern zoo with a well monitored and maintained conservation effort allowing for native wildlife to flourish within its unique natural habitat. This remarkable zoo is located 29 miles west of Belize City; a convenient 45-minute bus ride from the Belize Tourist Village cruise port, thus rendering it accessible to stop-over visitors who wish to sample the splendor of the pristine Belizean wilderness—all without venturing too far from their ship.
The Belize Zoo’s most attractive feature is its user friendly layout, consisting of a variety of well constructed walkways, spacious viewing platforms, and interactive exhibits allowing visitors to get up close and personal with the animals behind the safety barriers of carefully recreated habitats. Each exhibit is intricately tailored to the specific species which it showcases by the use of all indigenous shrubs and trees as well as the inclusion of well landscaped ponds and wetlands.
The over 175 species of mammals, birds, and reptiles living there includes the country’s most revered national symbols; particularly the colorful keel-billed toucan, the majestic tapir, or “mountain cow”, and rare black orchid, in addition to the towering jabiru stork, elusive black jaguar, and playful howler monkeys.
After a leisurely stroll around the winding walkways of the nearly 30-acre compound, visitors can purchase souvenirs at the fully stocked gift shop, enjoy a picnic lunch in the spacious picnic and playground area adjacent to the parking lot, or opt to enjoy a hearty Belizean meal at any one of the superb roadside restaurants situated within close proximity to the zoo. The Belize Zoo is an excellent daytime excursion for the whole family.
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