Our indigenous animals @ The Belize Zoo
The Belize Zoo began in 1983 when Sharon Matola, a now famous enviromentalist in Belize, started caring for animals that were left after a movie shoot. Shortly after this “backyard zoo” began, it was quickly realized that Belizeans and visitors were unfamiliar with the different species of wildlife. This very aspect enkindled the commitment to develop the little zoo into a dynamic wildlife education center.
Today, the Belize Zoo is settled upon 29 acres of tropical savanna and exhibits over 125 animals all native to Belize. Many of the residents are endangered species such as the Jaribu Stork, Scarlet Macaw, Jaguar and Margay and all of them are rescued animals or they have been born in captivity. A visit to the zoo is the best way to get an introduction to the animals of Belize, and to understand why it is important to protect the habitats that sustain them.
Bring: Closed shoes, Insect Repellent, Sunscreen
How far away: 2h 15 min from Hopkins
Difficulty level ride: Easy/Medium
Difficulty level tour: Easy
Percentage off-road: 0%
Bike required: Dual-sport or Cruiser
Tour Duration: 1-3 hours