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Belize Zoo

Belize Zoo Tours and Activities

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In 1983 Richard Foster came to Belize to film a wildlife documentary. Over a dozen animals used in filming became partly tame by the time shooting wrapped, so Sharon Matola, the American biologist in charge of their care, decided to found the Belize Zoo to give them somewhere to call home.

Today, the Belize Zoo covers 29 acres (11.7 hectares) and is home to more than 150 animals representing 45 species native to the country. Many of the zoo’s residents are rescue animals who have been injured, orphaned or donated from other zoos, and the spacious enclosures make it feel more like a wildlife refuge than a typical zoo.

Among the Belize Zoo’s star tenants are the five species of wild cats native to Belize: jaguar, puma, margay, ocelot and jaguarundi. Other animals in residence include spider monkeys, manatees, scarlet macaws, toucans, tree frogs and boa constrictors. If a half-day visit to the zoo isn’t enough, wildlife-loving visitors can stay the night in the neighboring Belize Zoo Lodge, which has its own nature trails and birdwatching deck.

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Daily 8:30am-5pm
Mile 29 Western Highway, Belize City, Belize
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Belize Cave tubing with admission and lunch

Belize Cave tubing with admission and lunch

Plan the perfect day from Belize City, by visiting one of Belize’s most preserved cave systems; with your professional guide giving you vital information along the way. Sightseers and nature lovers will be in awe as they marvel at the relaxing and colorful scenery. Throughout this slow paced tour, hike the lush Belizean rain forest before tubing through caves dating back to Mayan periods; filled with bright formations that glitter with your headlamps. Take once in a lifetime pictures both in and outside the cave before finishing a float down the open river to the end point. Most travelers accept the option to swim in the crystal clear river after exiting the cave. This is the perfect way to cool off before they enjoy some local rice and beans with stewed chicken, coleslaw and fried plantains.
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Belize Zoo hours of operation?
Belize Zoo hours of operation: Daily 8:30am-5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
Should I book Belize Zoo tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Belize Zoo can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 1 Belize Zoo tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit Belize Zoo 2021?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Belize Zoo costs USD 95.00. Guided Belize Zoo tours start around USD 95.00 per person. See all 1 Belize Zoo tickets and tours on Viator.
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