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Stroll through this 29-acre zoo and you might think you've trespassed into a jungle. The small zoo houses more than 45 species: Jaguars roar, keel-billed toucans squawk, colorful scarlet macaws flutter and coral snakes slither across the thick forest floor. Peer through the zoo's leafy canopy trees and you may catch sight of Belize's beloved howler monkeys, or at least one tropical parrot, tapir, Jabiru stork or harpy eagle. And on the zoo's rustic path, especially during the late afternoon, keep your eyes peeled for one of Belize's beautiful native cats, which include margays, ocelots, pumas and jaguarondis.
Started as a rescue facility for animals that were used in documentary films, the Belize Zoo feels like more of a wildlife preserve than a commercial zoo, according to recent visitors.
The Belize Zoo is open every day from 8:30 to 5 p.m., with the last visitors admitted at 4:15 p.m. Admission costs $15 for adults and $5 for children. Since you'll be traversing several trails in the humid tropics, wear comfortable shoes and bring insect repellent and plenty of water. From Belize City, the zoo is accessible by car via the Western Highway. Additional information is provided on the zoo's website.