If you get a chance to check out Belize Zoo outside of Belize City, be sure to leave your mark on the wall here. The cost is about 2.75 USD, 5.00 in Belize Dollars. The money goes to donations for the Belize Zoo so it's definitely a good cause. And if you go, see if you can spot my name (in the picture), it's up on the celing as soon as you walk into the entryway.
This is was another excursion I did during my last week on ships, seeing Belize for the last time. It was a wildlife tour that started off somewhat boring but once we got to Belize Zoo, it picked up. Belize Zoo is filled with animals mostly native to Belize. So don't expect to see lions or tigers here. You can see April the tapir, Belize's national animal and Belize City's favorite. You can also catch a glimpse of a puma as well as howler monkeys and other native wildlife. They are all protected in free-roaming enviorments surronded by electric fences. Our guide said that this was to KEEP HUMANS OUT, rather then keeping animals in.
The trip was offered as an excursion by Carnival. The drive was long but comfortable. The guide was irritating though. He was some sort of mellow Marxist who just rambled on and on about the government there. I'm on vacation, if I want politics I will read the Economist. It did affect his tip!
The zoo was well worth it though. they just carved a spot out in the jungle and populated it with native animals. What a collection! The pictures only tell some of the story. Unlike zoos in the USA you get really close, can smell the animals, and it is hot as blue blazes too.
small and a legacy of the British. Saw my Jaguars, one black and one regular spotted, howler monkeys sleeping, birds of prey, macaws and a boa constrictor plus smelly peccaries. Easy enough to see in 1-2 hours.