Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center

Photo Credit: © Brian Fagan CC BY

Founded in 1983 by Sharon Matola, the Belize Zoo came into being after a film crew that was working on a film about wildlife in Belize had so thoroughly tamed a collection of wild animals that they could not be placed back in the wild, and euthanizing them was too extreme. The habitat was created as these animals new home, and over the years the zoo has continued to take on native animals that once served as pets in the area. Today there are between 125 and 150 animals living on 29 acres of preserved land. This award winning facility serves as Belize's first zoo.

Every animal, of which there are about 125, at the zoo is native to Belize. A tour will take you through to visit a collection of mammals like the jaguar and ocelot, birds, and reptiles like crocodiles. The zoo offers animal encounters, too, where you can get up close an personal with jaguars, boa constrictors, and a scarlet macaw.

The Comprehensive Tour entails a full introduction background on all of the animals, including their National Animals such as the Tapir and Toucan. This lasts for an hour and a half. The High Light Tour includes a brief introduction on a few of the animals at the Zoo. This takes about 30-45 minutes. The also offer animal encounters with black jaguars, toucans, and tapirs.


Located in Central Belize, Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center always welcomes residents and vacationers rooming in this part of Belize. But even if you aren't staying particularly close, you should feel free to stop by to check out the sights. In case you're wondering, Belmopan is 16 miles (25 and a half kilometers) to the west-southwest.

Belize Zoo is located about 29 miles west of Belize City, right along the Western Highway.

Nearby Restaurants

The area near Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is not what you could be called well-known for its selection of eating options, but vacationers willing to go farther afield just might find a location where they can share a meal. Cheer's, which serves Belizean meals, will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. It's only around two miles away from this zoo, so stop in and enjoy a meal.

Nearby Attractions

Other kinds of nearby attractions include Monkey Bay National Park, which is two miles away Central Belize. You might also consider heading to Gran's Farm, which is another attraction not far away.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity options, the most nearby attractions are in the following table.

Attractions Near Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
Monkey Bay National Park -- 2.0 mi. (25.4 km) S 15.8 mi. East-Northeast of Belmopan
Gran's Farm -- 10.9 mi. (24.9 km) ENE 15.5 mi. West-Southwest of Belize City
Heris Nature Park Other Attraction 12.8 mi. (5.2 km) WSW 3.2 mi. Northeast of Belmopan
Community Baboon Sanctuary Other Attraction 12.9 mi. (37.6 km) N 23.4 mi. Northeast of Belmopan

More Information


Belize Zoo is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The zoo's policy is that no animal is taken from the wild. All animals are rescues or have been born at the zoo.


The Belize Zoo is independent of the government and does not receive funding from the state. It relied on dues from members, admissions fees, tours, and donations to get by.

The Comprehensive Tour is $25(USD) for two people, as is the High Light Tour. The Junior Buddy Spotter Jaguar Encounter is $50 for one to five people, while you can interact with Black Jaguars, Toucans, and Tapirs for $5(USD) for one to four people.

Location: Mile 29 Western Highway, Central Belize, Belize


(501) 822-8000

FAX: (501) 822-8003




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