In 1983, upon completion of a film called “Path of the Rain Gods”, the movie’s production assistant, Sharon Matola, found herself with quite a few nearly tame animals that the movie had featured. Fearing they were no longer capable of surviving the wilds, Sharon set about arranging other accommodations for them.

From these humble beginnings, Matola, and her staff, have built a world-class zoo that is thought to be the best of its kind in the Americas. Covering a full 29 acres of tropical savanna, with exhibits of over 125 animals, who are all native to Belize. The zoo cares for animals which were orphaned, born at the zoo, rehabilitated animals, or sent to The Belize Zoo as gifts from other zoological institutions.

Get up close and personal with all sorts of beautiful wildlife.

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Belize zoo