The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center
The Belize zoo is one of a kind, located off the Western Highway in a forest and savanna area that has been left entirely in it’s natural state. It is home to 125 animals and each animal has been placed in the zoo after either being injured or orphaned or tamed, or may have been too aggressive for the area where they originally resided.
The Zoo was founded in 1983 by Sharon Matola who came to Belize as an animal caretaker for film makers. After the films were made Matola was left with many animals too tame to turn back into the wild, and she made the choice to give them a proper home and good care. She exhibited the animals to raise funds to care for them, and over time collected many species of the animals of Belize. It became obvious to Matola that Belizeans were not familiar with animals native to their country, and had many misconceptions and superstitions about them, so she set out to provide information and education to all. This successful venture has helped bring appreciation and pride to Belizeans about their own country’s natural resources and animals. It is a joy to visit this zoo and see animals up close that are kept in their own natural habitat.
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