A tour of the Belize Zoo is an experience that often leaves you with a number of questions on the animals you observed. At Inspire-EdVentures we want to make sure that you have the resources you need to not only answer your questions personally, but also engage students, friends, and colleagues in the biology of these amazing creatures. 

Here we present some of the articles and videos that we have prepared. We are always adding new materials, so please come back and see who we have added!


A harpy eagle at the Belize Zoo.

Harpy Eagles, the Largest Raptors of Belize

The harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) is the largest eagle species in the Americas. Harpy eagles are neotropical, meaning that they’re found in the tropical forests of southern Mexico, Central America, and South America. These raptors’ size and strength places them among the top predators of the rainforests throughout their range ...
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A scarlet macaw at the Belize Zoo.

The Scarlet Macaw, Belize’s Most Beautiful Bird

What is a Scarlet Macaw? The scarlet macaw (Ara macao) is one of the largest and most recognizable parrot species in the world. Ranging in the wild from southern Mexico to northern Bolivia, these vibrantly colored birds are icons of the tropics, found from rainforests to subtropical lowlands and savannas ...
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A tayra (Eira barbara) in Belize, taken by Inspire EdVentures trail camera.

The Tayra, Belize’s Elusive “High Woods Dog”

What is a tayra? The tayra (Eira barbara) is a small, omnivorous mammal related to weasels, otters, and ferrets of the family Mustelidae. Also known as the high woods dog, and often mistaken for the bush dog (Speothos venaticus), tayras can be found in tropical forests ranging from Mexico through ...
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A keel-billed toucan at the 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, ...
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A pair of spider monkeys at the Belize Zoo.

What Will I See on the Belize Zoo Virtual Tour?

Welcome to Belize! Inspire EdVentures is excited to bring you to the Belize Zoo, showcasing Belize's rare and beautiful animals with the Zoo's wildlife and conservation professionals. We hope you enjoy your EdVenture to the Belize Zoo, the best little zoo in the world! A jaguar at the Belize Zoo ...
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A jaguar at the Belize Zoo, taken by Inspire EdVentures.

Learn about Jaguar Spot Identification from the Jaguars of Sleeping Giant

How are jaguars identified? Since 2017, Inspire EdVentures has operated five trail cameras in the rainforest near the Sleeping Giant Lodge in Belize. These trail cameras are an unobtrusive way to observe wildlife. They are mounted on trees near existing animal paths or clearings and set to take a sequence ...
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A white-nosed caoti captured on our trail camera in Belize

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 ...
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With Your Help, We Made an Impact in Belize

Belize, a tiny country sandwiched between Mexico and Guatemala, isn’t exactly a commonly known location in Boone. But this tropical nation in Central America nevertheless has a major connection to the North Carolina High Country. For the past decade, Inspire EdVentures – a Boone-based company that focuses on innovative educational ...
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Adopt a Jaguar for International Jaguar Day

If you have spent any time on our site you would've quickly noticed that we have a special fondness for big cats, and especially of course, jaguars. Since our earliest visits to the rainforests of Belize, we have been intrigued and inspired by these majestic animals. As scientists, we always ...
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Help Us Support Tapir Conservation in Belize

We are very pleased to be announcing our newest Giving Back Campaign to help our friends at the Belize Zoo prepare animal habitats for the upcoming hurricane season. According to Jamal Andrewin-Bohn, the Conservation Program Manager at the Zoo: Prior to last year’s hurricane season, our management team did a ...
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