<------- Fun Fact about the animal above the "Book this Tour" Link:
The Cuniculus paca or known as Paca and "gibnut," and considered a delicacy; it was once served to H.M.Queen Elizabeth II and subsequently has the nickname "the royal rat." The origins of this tale are unknown but passed on from generations to generations. Some versions of the story claim that the Queen of England wanted to eat a traditional Belizean dish. They proceeded to give her the world famous Rice and Beans, but, with Gibnut. She enjoyed the meat so much and asked what it was. To her disbelief she found out it was a "large rodent" and thats where the name Royal Rat came about. Rest assure this ingredient would never be on Iron Chef!
The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center was started in 1983, as a last ditch effort to provide a home for a collection of wild animals which had been used in making documentary films about tropical forests.
Shortly after the backyard "zoo" began, it was quickly realized that its Belizean visitors were unfamiliar with the different species of wildlife which shared their country. This very aspect fomented the commitment to develop the little zoo into a dynamic wildlife education center.
Today, The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is settled upon 29 acres of tropical savanna and exhibits over 150 animals, representing over 45 species, all native to Belize. The zoo keeps animals which were orphaned, rescued, born at the zoo, rehabilitated animals, or sent to The Belize Zoo as donations from other zoological institutions.
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. We hope this website will be the next best thing to visiting us in person.
The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center believes that by bringing the people of Belize closer to the animals which are their natural heritage, they will feel proud of these special resources, and want to protect them for future generations.
The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center receives over 10,000 school children every year as part of the progressive education programs, and popular zoo events include: Birthday parties for April the Tapir, Junior Buddy the Jaguar, and Panama the Harpy Eagle; summer camps; and Student Career Training. (Source: belizezoo.org)
Age: No age Limit (Perfect for Kids)
Attire: Shorts and t-shirt
Need: Mosquito repellant, money for snacks and souvenirs.