Sunday Jan 8, 2012

We are very excited and very sad on this last day of our trip.  Excited to see all the animals at the Belize Zoo and sad that we have to leave this wonderful place.

“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 Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center 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, rehabilitated animals, or sent to The Belize Zoo as donations from other zoological institutions.”  –

Entrance to the Belize Zoo

The biggest thrill at the Zoo would have to be meeting Junior the Jaguar.  Born shortly after his mother was brought to the zoo because she was killing sheep, Junior has quickly become a star.

Monica & Autumn petting Junior

For a small fee visitors can enter a cage within the jaguars enclosure and get really close to Junior.  Instructor Kathy Tosa even got a “kiss” on her forehead from Junior!  Alyssa also enjoyed holding a boa constrictor.

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