Author: Michael Windelspecht

The Tapirs of Belize

Upon first glance, tapirs are often mistaken for a small hippo, pig or anteater but their closest living relatives are actually horses and rhinos.  Many scientists consider tapirs living fossils because they have roamed the Earth for over 50 million years and haven’t evolved much.  The four living species of …

The Northern Tamandua

One of only four species of anteater found in the world, the northern tamandua (Tamandua mexicana) is found throughout southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. They can be identified through their distinct coloration, with tan fur and a black, vest-shaped marking over the back and sides. Northern tamanduas …

Take A Virtual Tour of the Belize Zoo

Take Your Class or Group on a Virtual Tour of the Belize Zoo! The Belize Zoo has recently announced the launch of a new educational experience for teachers and students abroad. Using the power of teleconferencing platforms, we are now able to bring the wonderful wildlife of Belize right into …

Tapirs: The National Animals of Belize

What is a Tapir? The Central American Tapir (Tapirus bairdii), also known as the Baird’s Tapir or Mountain cow, is the largest indigenous mammal in Central America.  They superficially resemble large pigs, with mature adults weighing between 150 – 300 kg (330 – 660 pounds). The body length ranges between …

The Best Little Zoo in the World

Our Howler Monkey Friends! What’s that sound? If you are visiting the Belize Zoo and hear an almost unnatural low guttural call, then you are probably not too far from the home of one of our favorite stops in the Zoo – the howler monkeys. Black howler monkeys are the …