The Belize Zoo

When we finally headed back home, we made one more stop at the Belize Zoo.

According to their website: 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. Today, the zoo 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, or sent as donations from other zoological institutions.

ocelet

pumaOf the five big cats in Belize, we saw two at the zoo: an ocelet and a puma.

The margay, jaguarandi, and jaguar were nowhere to be seen in their enclosures (not surprising since two of the three are nocturnal animals; the jaguarandi is the daytime exception but apparently wasn’t feeling up for company).

 

We’ve got a merry little band of squawky parrots like this one cruising our neighborhood regularly.

parrot

japanese-lantern

This is a cool flowering tree called a Japanese lantern.
crocodile
And here’s our friend out in the bay (well, one like him).

 

I enjoyed the signage almost as much as the exhibits themselves (sometimes more)…

sign-1sign-2And I learned my wing span does not equal a Great Curassow’s.

jackie-wingspanAnd what zoo in Belize wouldn’t have its official country animal (the tapir – I’m sorry, butt ugly) and bird (the toucan – too cute!).

tapircropped-ray

toucan

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