Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Belize Zoo... So much cooler than I expected

Ya know, I must meet a lot of glass-half-empty people because I've asked everyone who I know that's been to the Belize Zoo what they thought about it and most of the replies were along the lines of, "It's small... but I guess it's ok."

What do you mean it's "ok??" This zoo is friggin awesome!! The Huffington Post knows what I'm talking about, they have it listed as number five on their top ten list of best zoos in the WORLD!

 Cute signs are just one of the things that made me fall in love with this zoo

Ok, so... the only other zoo that I've been to in my life, that I can recall, is the Philadelphia Zoo - and all I remember from being there is concrete and cages.... and some animals.

It's nothing like that at the Belize Zoo - 

"Animals of Belize in their Natural Habitats"

It's true - other than being on nice walkways and going over little wooden bridges, I felt like I was walking through the jungle the whole time I was in there.



No molesting the plants

I don't even know where to start.... I seriously took 374 pictures. 
Yup.

Ok, we're starting with the National Animal of Belize, the Tapir - aka the mountain cow

a lil swimmin action

Looks like a giant guinea pig/ anteater, doesn't it?

Helloooo

 I don't usually like birds very much - I don't know why, just never have - but I met the friendliest parrots today....




This one loved to pose for the camera



I found myself doing YET ANOTHER thing I never thought I would do before - hand feeding Scarlett Macaws.... these things are gorgeous!

Syd (I think) and Charlie

For $10bz ($5us) you can feed them peanuts!



 There's so much more to show you.... but the internet connection is slooooooooow tonight and I'm busy watching Family Guy now.

Look for Part 2 tomorrow - I snapped some great shots of the jaguars!!!

7 comments:

  1. I loved the Belize Zoo too. I am so glad you took pictures of the signs. That is one of my regrets, but had to cut back,I was taking so many pictures of the animals my batteries started to die. Do you mind if I copy some of the sign pictures?

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  2. You've been talking to the wrong people...I just keep hearing how AWESOME the zoo is! I can't wait to go! Thanks for the great photos, and I'll be anxiously awaiting Part 2.

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  3. I think I took pictures of ALL the signs - help yourself to them :)

    I'll try to get it up tonight or tomorrow, Emily!

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  4. I too love this Zoo, I've been 5 times and will go again. Too bad you didn't get the chance to go into the cage with Junior the Jaguar. The last time I went in July, they let me in with him for $50.00 BZD. It just so happens that a friend of mine in Progresso found Junior and his wife fed him with a baby bottle until he got too big and wanted to eat their parrot that they took him to the zoo and donated him.
    I'm not sure if I would have taken them up on the offer to go in the cage with him if I hadn't known his background.
    I love this Zoo and the people who work there, great pictures, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hey Corozal Dave, glad to hear you love the Zoo, though, I think you have Junior confused with another jaguar. Junior was born right at the Belize Zoo in February 2007. His mom was rescued from a Mennonite village where she was hunting sheep, and came to the Zoo pregnant. The zookeepers bottled raised Junior, and helped him become the wonderful jaguar ambassador he is today!

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  5. Great article! You're on the Cayo Scoop!

    http://www.scoop.it/t/best-of-san-ignacio-cayo/p/2711457061/the-belize-zoo-exceeds-expectations

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