On October 24th, 2010 the Belize Zoo ("The Best Little Zoo in the World") sustained a direct hit from Hurricane Richard. Sharon Matola, the director of the Belize Zoo reports "Hurricane Richard did a number on the Zoo. We are closed for repairs and renovations and probably will not be able to re-open until December. Thankfully, none of the animals were injured or escaped, but our facility has been hit hard."
There is an urgent need for donations for the Belize Zoo to get back on its feet. Each year the Zoo struggles to balance its budget with the food for the animals and staff salaries literally depending on gate receipts. But right now, the added expense of repairs, combined with the closing of the Zoo, puts the financial future of the Belize Zoo in jeopardy.
The Friends of the Belize Zoo photo gallery makes clear the tremendous amount of work and resources needed. Donate by going to www.belizezoo.org and click on the "Donate Now" puma on the right side (hurricane relief funds).