Belize Zoo Reopens – Surviving COVID-19 with Local Support

by Louise Roe

One of Belize’s favourite attractions, The Belize Zoo, officially reopens after 2 months of closing to the public. The Belize Zoo, located on mile 29 of the George Price Highway, welcomed guests with a soft opening over the weekend. Domestic visitors were able to have immersive wildlife experiences as they interacted with majestic animals native to Belize. Over 200+ animals call The Belize Zoo (TBZ) home. Besides being a rescue centre, TBZ is also a wildlife conservation and environmental education centre. The Zoo allows visitors to learn about rare or endangers animals while enjoying thrilling animal encounters. When visiting, be sure to take a photo with Ranger the Scarlet Macaw, interact with Lordess the Tapir, and meet Cortland, a margay that’s one of the Zoo’s newest members.

Photo Courtesy The Belize Zoo IG

Other amazing animals you can set your sights on while at the zoo include toucans, harpy eagles, jaguars, howler monkeys, crocodiles, and other incredible birds, big cats and reptiles. If you’re an animal lover, be sure to put The Belize Zoo on your Belize Bucket List. It’s a favourite not only for kids but adults too, that’s guaranteed to bring out your inner child! Exploring the zoo can take roughly 3 – 4 hours long; the animals tend to be more active in the morning or afternoon when its cooler.

COVID-19’s Impact on the Zoo

For over 40 days, Belize has not reported any new COVID-19 cases. Some restrictions have lifted, and domestic travel slowly opens back up in country, including visitation to TBZ. This comes with great excitement given the zoo heavily relies on admission fees, as well as donations to operate and feed the animals. During these unprecedented times, TBZ continued to feed and care for their 200+ resident animals thanks to the food donations and kind contributions of the local community.

A film by Katja Döhne with DW gives a look into the impact COVID-19 has had on The Belize Zoo.

Visit the Zoo Virtually

As international travel remains closed, the Belize Tourism Board invites those far and wide to take a vitual tour of the zoo. Experience the best little zoo in the world by meeting some of its wonderful keepers and wild residents!

Belize Zoo – Open on Select Dates

The Belize Zoo plans to reopen on weekends, starting May 30 and 31. Be sure to wear your mask when visiting the zoo, and practice social distancing. Follow The Belize Zoo to keep up to date on any developments and new dates.

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