The Belize Zoo
The Belize Zoo
4.5
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Belize Zoo is an institution that cares for over 150 native wildlife, and promotes Conservation, Education, Recreation, and Research. It is also the first nature destination in Belize that is accessible to visitors with physical disabilities. We are committed to the conservation of Belize's wildlife and its habitats through the establishment of a well maintained zoological facility and education center, both poised to bring about a greater environmental awareness to the people living in Belize, and to visitors from abroad. In 2014, the Zoo became the first nature destination in the country accessible to persons with physical disabilities. TBZ believes that by bringing the people closer to the animals, which are their natural heritage, they will feel proud of these special resources, and wish to protect them for future generations. All Zoo "residents" were once pets; donated to the Zoo; rescues found injured, abandoned or orphaned and brought in rehabilitation; or born at the Zoo. The Belize Zoo receives no financial support from the Government of Belize, and generates funding to care for its residents through admission fees, tours, donations, and adoption and membership programs.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • GeneralShamu
    New York City, New York1,134 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Afternoon Visit to the Zoo
    Visited here for a couple hours during the afternoon before we headed down to San Ignacio. Totally worth a visit though probably best in the morning when the heat and humidity is less oppressive. They also offer private tours that leave at either 9:00 or 9:30 daily (must book in advance). These tours provide you some intimate animal experiences!!!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 6, 2023
  • worktotravel14
    Trenton, New Jersey3,360 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get to know the Belizean fauna and flora
    Especially if you are taking any transport to or from the airport to the jungle areas of the zoo, this is an ideal stop. It is an introduction to Belizean wildlife, as well as, the overall ecosystem of the country. Taking a conservationist lens, the zoo is a no frills experience that is attendant to preservation of endangered animals rather than the entertainment of us lurkers. Still, you will get to see some animals that you might not otherwise experience unless you are planning a deep trek into rural areas and/or the jungle such as tapirs and leopards. The zoo takes great pains to build understanding of the animals and how humans affect them with an unapologetic lens. It is refreshing and also reminds us to respect all the parts of Belize that feel untouched and are. Wear mosquito repellent if you can and avoid shady areas to avoid most bug bites. This is also, for what it's worth, a great stop for a bathroom break or simply to visit the cafe which has little snacks if you are hungry after a long days travel.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 23, 2023
  • Lee M
    Alaska6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This Zoo Is Different.
    We had seen a sign for the zoo, the last time we were in Belize so we knew we had to check it out on this trip. Thanks to Albert of A Plus Adventures Belize for making this stop a part of a day long tour. Albert took us through the zoo, showing us the different animals, birds, etc. the zoo was so different than most because the cages were set up so the animals were in their natural habitat. It felt as if were walking through a rain forest. We did discover that Tapirs can shoot pee when one turned to walk away and hit our guide on the arm. The zoo is a stop I would recommend to everyone.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written October 27, 2023
  • Kevin K
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth two hours of your life.
    You'll love the signage, the info signs are expressed as if the animals are talking to you in the local parlance. You can get there by local bus from the Belize Bus Terminal to Belmopan. About 45 minutes. Ask the driver to drop you off at the Zoo. $5BZ is better than a $100BZ taxi.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written November 28, 2023
  • 907JLeMay
    Anchorage, Alaska308 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must stop
    Jose gave us an awesome three-hour tour of the zoo and it’s residents. The zoo grounds are natural jungle habitat which is refreshing to explore. Jose was knowledgeable in introducing and educating us about each animal. He enjoys his career and has interesting stories that made each encounter memorable. We did the VIP tour which I highly recommend to others. We fed the deer and tapirs carrots. We fed the turtles, and Jose fed the crocodile. It was fun to see all the turtles gathered for feeding. We had multiple encounters with different jaguars. Lindo was my favorite. We ended by feeding parrots and scarlet macaws pumpkin seeds. All animal lovers should definitely make time to visit this special place.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written December 8, 2023
  • Scott G
    New York City, New York74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great zoo and NOT to be missed!!!
    Absolutely LOVED this zoo! Its not the largest zoo in the world, maybe spend 2 hours. But well worth the trip. You get to see a LOT of animals from Central America that you most likely will never get to see in any other zoo. And visiting this zoo serves an especially good cause. All animals are rescue animals who, for one reason or another (orphaned, injured, etc), cannot be returned to the wild. Other than the scuba diving, which was the intended purpose of the trip, this zoo was one of the absolute highlights of our trip, and will definitely go back the next time I am in Belize.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written December 30, 2023
  • Laurie S
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous food!
    Small, neat, beautiful flowers and shrubs along the winding paths. Interestingly, we found the meal we had at the lunch counter to be top notch (vegetable quesadilla was remarkable and chuck full of roasted vegetables). We are foodies and were taken aback at the quality of the food! Our only regret is that the botlass flies at the zoo were awful and several in our group had their legs attacked. Even with bug spray, the injury can be severe. I did great compared to the rest of the group, but I had long sleeves and long pants. They did get my ear though and I didn't realize it until someone said "Oh my gosh, your ear is bloody!" You won't feel the bite of the bottlass, but you'll be miserable a day later!
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written December 31, 2023
  • Anjuli S
    Washington DC, District of Columbia52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Manageable size, unique animals
    The animals are all very well cared for and you can see them quite up close! It's a quiet zoo that isn't too big, and our very young kids enjoyed it. Great stop to make on the way to the airport. There is not info about each animal by the cage, so I'd recommend connecting to the wifi so you can Google the animals. It has a small Cafe as well that is shaded and a gift shop.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written January 7, 2024
  • Bulldog94
    Seattle, Washington52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun Zoo To Check Out!
    The Belize Zoo was really fun. The animals are all native species and we saw some great birds, tapirs, deer, a massive croc, an ocelot ( we didn't spot the jaguar and puma), monkeys, etc. They also have a nice cafe to get a bite to eat and a beer and a gift shop. Worth a stop.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written February 10, 2024
  • Kari Anne
    Kingston, Canada194 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little zoo to support
    We stayed at The Tropical Education Center for a few nights, so we walked to the zoo and spent most of the day there. We are big animal lovers and wouldn't visit a zoo that buys animals or treats its animals poorly. This is a small animal sanctuary. All the animals are native to Belize and have been rescued, so it's a wonderful place to support. There are lots of poems throughout the zoo, which are clearly targeted at kids for environmental education, which is great. However, it would have been nice to see a bit more informational signage. It was very easy to see most of the animals up-close, and the foliage and paths were very pretty. A few benches in the shade would be nice. We were surprised to find that the food at their cafe was good and the lunch portions were huge. We recommend spending at least a few hours at the zoo.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 11, 2024
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pinir67
Hod Hasharon, Israel559 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
I was really looking forward to my visit to the Belize zoo and I have to say I was somewhat disappointed.
Walking around the cages felt like the place is in disrepair, and that the animals are not kept in the best conditions. Empty water holes, broken fences, debris and overgrown vegetation are everywhere and it definitely feel like much more can be done.
The potential is huge - animals that are indigenous to Belize, some can only be seen there, setting that can imitate the animals natural environment and knowledge base that can be communicated into the visitors in creative and new ways. Unfortunately, the zoo fails to address many of those tasks and thus much of the place's potential is being lost.
Entrance fee are $15US. If you are on-rout between Belize City and San Ignacio it is worth the pit stop, otherwise I would not make the trip there.
Written June 19, 2024
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DanB
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Great zoo with a variety of animals that are native to Belize. Able to see a lot of animals with natural jungle foliage. We did the tapir feeding, which was a great way to see these beautiful animals up close. Highly recommended.
Written May 5, 2024
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Maya G
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Really awesome zoo, must see! It is nothing like any zoo I have seen in America. The habitats are very large and filled with natural vegetation. The signs next to each animal have really cute rhymes making the learning part fun! They also have some pretty unique animals and it is definitely evident they are oriented around conservation.
Written May 1, 2024
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Janine
Grande Prairie, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Feels more like a wildlife rehabilitation center as opposed to a zoo. Takes 1-2 hours to tour the zoo during the day. If you are able to take the Night Tour-DO IT!!! It is amazing to see the animals at night. The animals come really close as they are also getting their nightime feed from the zoo staff. The conservationlists educate you about the animals during the tour. The zoo also runs the nearby Tropicàl Education Center where you stay overnight in order to take the night tour.
Written March 15, 2024
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akcampbell_12
Seward17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Great pit stop in Belize, bathrooms outside the zoo and a great restaurant inside the zoo plus all the animals! Drove from Belize City headed to San Ignacio and was a great pit stop for sure.
Written March 3, 2024
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Chelsey P
London, Canada21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Such an amazing little zoo, my husband and I had a blast (in our 30's). Make sure you put lots of bug spray on the moment you get out of your car in the parking lot. I got tons of little bites that bled and got extremely itchy- learned my lesson the hard way. Although my husband did not get a single bite! The zoo was bigger then I thought it would be. I saw some animals I have never seen at a typical zoo and got to even feed the Tapir for $1.00 :) there was also iguanas running around on the inside my husband called it a zoo within a zoo lol. It was one of the highlights of our trip. This is a sanctuary so they have rescued these animals that cannot be out in the wild. Their cages are so spacious and beautiful. The river otter was sooo cute and put on a show for us- make sure you say hi to him! Definitely worth a stop for 90 minutes!!! Do not miss it if you are an animal lover.
Written February 26, 2024
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Kathy K
Fairfield Glade, TN54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We visited the zoo as a tour from the cruise ship with Albert Alvarez of aplusadventuresbelize.com. He was highly recommended and provided an exceptional experience.
Our group of 4 loved the zoo. Even though it rained some of the time, viewing the animals in natural habitats was heartwarming. Animals were being fed healthy fruits and vegetables while we were there. Animals appeared happy and healthy , enclosure and water was clean. It took a good 2 hours to see everything. Signs on animals and how they came to be at the zoo were so helpful. The animals are all native to Belize. We were so fortunate to have Albert as a guide as he provided more history and had an eagle eye to find the animals. Please support the Belize Zoo. You will not be disappointed.
Written February 26, 2024
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Christine S
29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We loved this place so much we did both the day and night yours and stayed at the tec.

*beautiful grounds
*great affordable food at the zoo AND tec
*great gift Shop
*great cause
*awesome staff
*great value accommodations at tec
*watching the animals eat was super fun
*night tour was great and we got to pet and feed a *few* of the animals.
*conveniently located 40 mins from airport
Written February 21, 2024
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Kari Anne
Kingston, Canada194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We stayed at The Tropical Education Center for a few nights, so we walked to the zoo and spent most of the day there. We are big animal lovers and wouldn't visit a zoo that buys animals or treats its animals poorly. This is a small animal sanctuary. All the animals are native to Belize and have been rescued, so it's a wonderful place to support.

There are lots of poems throughout the zoo, which are clearly targeted at kids for environmental education, which is great. However, it would have been nice to see a bit more informational signage. It was very easy to see most of the animals up-close, and the foliage and paths were very pretty. A few benches in the shade would be nice.

We were surprised to find that the food at their cafe was good and the lunch portions were huge.

We recommend spending at least a few hours at the zoo.
Written February 11, 2024
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Bulldog94
Seattle, WA52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The Belize Zoo was really fun. The animals are all native species and we saw some great birds, tapirs, deer, a massive croc, an ocelot ( we didn't spot the jaguar and puma), monkeys, etc. They also have a nice cafe to get a bite to eat and a beer and a gift shop. Worth a stop.
Written February 10, 2024
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