The zoo founded in 1983 by Sharon Matola, the Belize Zoo totally rocks my world. Relatively small, beautifully set-up, containing only animals that have been rescued, are born in captivity and are native to Belize, I don’t think there is anywhere else on earth that you can get so close to a jaguar.
Located about 30 minutes west of Belize City, you can get there as part of a tour or, if you have more time and/or are on a limited budget by bus.
Just look how close I go to this GOOORGEOUS puma. No zoom. I almost passed out.
For some of my visits, see below. And check out their website for sure.