The Predators of the Belize Zoo

To take a little break from the non-stop tours and sun exposure, Andrea and I headed out to Belmopan to grab lunch with her former coworkers and check out the Belize Zoo. Normally, I would not be as interested in checking out a random zoo (please reference my hatred for aquariums and seeing the exact same fish over and over again), but the Belize zoo only features animals that were rescued in Belize. So I gave it a shot and was pleasantly surprised with all of the unusual animals that we got to see.

As to be expected, the “habitats” (lets be serious,  they were oversized cages) were smaller than what you would like to see. But the animals seemed happy, and the zoo caretakers cared for them really well. One cool thing about the habitats was that they were very accessible. In most cases you could pet the animals or stick your fingers through the holes and risk having them bitten off. So that was exciting! And would never fly in the states (not surprisingly, I’m finding this to be a common trend). AND we were lucky enough to be there during afternoon feeding time, so we got to see the huge predators eating their daily portions of chicken parts. The most exciting of which was watching the zoo keeper climb into the huge Harpy Eagle (largest bird of prey in the world) cage and hand feed the bird some chicken hearts. It was pretty nutso!

Mr Coatimundi hanging out

Mr Coatimundi hanging out

Albino Coatimundis digging their holes for food storage

Albino Coatimundis digging their holes for food storage

Petting Belize's national animal, the tapir. He looks like tail-less pig with an anteater nose.

Petting Belize’s national animal, the tapir. He looks like tail-less pig with an anteater nose.

The deer that had a stroke and now has his tongue permanently hanging out of his mouth.

The deer that had a stroke and now has his tongue permanently hanging out of his mouth.

Playful jaguar laying in the sun

Playful jaguar laying in the sun

Can you count how many toucans?

Can you count how many toucans?

Mr stork in the baby delivery off-season

Mr stork in the baby delivery off-season

Harpy eagle "The Queen" getting hand fed a bowl of chicken hearts

Harpy eagle “The Queen” getting hand fed a bowl of chicken hearts

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