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    The Tropical Education Center/Zoo Lodge


    The Belize Zoo & Tropical Education Center (TBZ) is located in the heart of the Central Belize Biological Corridor. The Corridor is a vital mosaic of habitat that provides wildlife with the ability to migrate and thrive in co-existence with rural communities.

    Due to its central location, TBZ conducts continuous outreach education programs with the communities located within the Corridor, through the primary schools. Among the schools we serve are the St. Agnes Anglican School, Hattieville Government School, and Cotton Tree Primary School. Many of these schools have limited resources to empower learning. The Central Belize Corridor Education Aid will be overseen by TBZ to ensure important resources are delivered to the schools that would benefit greatly from their use.


    General School Supplies:
    College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pens, Rulers, and Solar Calculators

    Reference Materials:
    (English and Spanish) Age Appropriate Encyclopedia on CD and Dictionaries

    Flash Cards:
    (English and Spanish) Alphabet, Math, and Word

    Laminated Wall Charts:
    (English and Spanish) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps

    Text/Reading Books:
    (English and Spanish) Age-Appropriate Story Books, Health, Language/Grammar, and Math

    Computer Hardware/Software:
    Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Tablets, and Working Laptops

    Educational Games/Toys:

    Sports/Outdoor Activity:
    Frisbees, Jump Ropes, and Soccer Balls

    New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes

    First Aid/Health:
    Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, and Sanitary Napkins

    Health/Personal Grooming:
    Antibiotic Ointments, Band-Aids, Bars of Soap, and Multivitamin Tablets

    Initiatives Supported

    All the needs are current as of September 27, 2023
    Note: Location is approximated. If you see a lodging that is misplaced or missing, please contact us .
    The Tropical Education Center/Zoo Lodge

    Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.

    Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
    • Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
    • The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.

    Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.