Founded in 1983, the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center was created to provide a sanctuary for wild animals that had been used for documentary films about tropical rainforests. This non-profit, non-governmental zoo spans 29 acres and is home to more than 170 native animals.
During this informative tour you will receive an introduction to these magnificent animals and discover why it is critical to protect their natural habitats. Find out about this remarkable zoo's conservation programs as well as their efforts to educate local residents about the spectacular flora and fauna that are native to their country.
From there you will make your way to Hattieville, a community born of displaced families following the aftermath of Hurricane Hattie in 1961. You will receive a brief safety meeting and overview of road rules then it's time to board a Jeep for a ride like no other!
Blaze over trails, through the pine savannah and lush forest as you ride to the foothills of the Maya Mountains. The merging of these distinct ecosystems provides you the opportunity to see a variety of plants and wildlife including more than 500 species of birds. Keep your eyes peeled for the Jabiru Stork, yellow headed Parrots and the Keel-billed Toucan, the national bird of Belize. You might also get to see bats, jaguars, ocelots and pumas. Check the trees for orchid sightings including the famed Black Orchid.
Stop midway through your adventure to see a cave system and discover how they were formed and used by various cultures including the Mayans. Exit the forest trail near the Sibun River for a drive back to headquarters where you will enjoy a sumptuous, traditional Belizean lunch.
While here, relax in a hammock or enjoy a swim in the river before your return back to port.
If you love animals and nature, then this is the tour for you! Sign up now to get up close and personal with the native animals of Belize.
Please Note: Guests should be physically fit to participate in this moderate tour. Maximum weight for guests in 300 lbs. No wheelchair access available.