Category: Belize Zoo

Keel-Billed Toucans, the Beautiful National Birds of Belize

The keel-billed toucan (Ramphastos sulfuratus) is a species of toucan found from southern Mexico to northern Colombia, including throughout Central America. These birds are also known as the rainbow-billed toucan or the sulfur-breasted toucan for their vibrant, eye-catching coloration.  Keel-billed toucans have primarily black body feathers, with a yellow-green throat, …

What is a White-Nosed Coati?

The white-nosed coati (Nasua narica), also known as the coatimundi, is a species of mammal found in the southern United States, Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. They are small, brown-furred animals related to raccoons, with a long, striped tail and a pointed white-tipped muzzle that gives the species …

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 …