Belize Zoo-Tapirs,Warthogs, Monos & a Talking Bird
Trip Start Sep 29, 2007
215Trip End Dec 20, 2010
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Belize City was a shithole. The place we stayed was called Seaside Guesthouse on the water and was owned by a permanently intoxicated Californian named Mitch and two women named Teresa and Alfa who he constantly ordered around. As soon as we arrived a guy from Belize named Ernesto who turned out to be my little soul brother started to draw our portraits with a stick of willow charcoal
We went to bed early and were woken up some time during the night with Mitch putting his arm through our bedroom window and trying to wake us up, we put a padlock on the door and went back to sleep. in the morning we were getting the hell out of dodgeville.
We tailed it out of the accommodation in Belize City and easily negotiated the bus terminal to catch a bus to the Belize Zoo..... well worth the effort. It was pouring rain then deliriously sunny all day so poncho on, poncho off again
The bus dropped us on the highway and we paid BZ$16 about US$8 each to get into the zoo.... bargain. They have educational programs there and an animal care unit. The animals at Belize Zoo are special, none have been taken from the wild, they have been either orphaned, injured, donated by other zoos, born there or confiscated by the government. Most of the species were rare and so so special creatures.
We saw the most venomous snake in Central and South America called the ferde-lance, a rattlesnake, boa constrictor, spider monkeys, king vultures, tapirs (horse and rhino-like and the national animal of Belize), turtles, hawk eagles, tiger cats (ocelots), warthogs, a puma (cougar), black howler monkeys, anteater, jabiru stork, happy eagle, currasow (punk rock Kira chicken), scarlet macaws, a talking parrot which we recorded on the ipod and a sleek black Jaguar. A spotted Jaguar which was bred in captivity came out to play with a ball in some water. This zoo is extraordinary with large enclosures and lots of foliage. The conditions were great and all the animals seemed very well cared for. The zoo was brilliant.
We waited on the road for a bus but ended up in a taxi all the way to San Ignacio for the same price. We checked into the Tropicool Hotel, did laundry, sent Dan, Jackson and Izabella a postcard and booked in for a cave tour tomorrow with the Mayawalk company. A very clear, full rainbow dropped over the city and when we went cruising into town some local men gathered in the centre of town asked us if we had walked out of it. I tried a One Barrel Rum which has a vanilla taste..... primo.