What's New at Mariposa

National Bird

Kristen Lindsey - Monday, January 28, 2013

Have a Great Monday Everyone!!! 

Have you been to our Belize Zoo? You can add a stop at the Belize Zoo en route when coming to Mariposa Jungle Lodge or when going back to the Airport/Belize City. 

The Zoo is the only option for seeing all the Belize indigenous animals, most of which are nocturnal, as well as the rare Harpy Eagle (largest known eagle) and our National Bird; the Keel-Bill Toucan. 

Did you know?

The Keel-billed Toucans ranges in length from around 17 to 22 inches (42–55 cm) including its bill. Their large and colorful bill averages around 5-6 in (12–15 cm), about one-third of its length. It typically weighs about 380-500 grams. While the bill seems large and cumbersome, it is in fact a spongy.

Keel-billed toucans have zygodactyl feet (or feet with toes facing in different directions) - two toes face forward and two face back. Because toucans spend a large portion of time in the trees, this helps the birds to stay on the branches of the trees and hop from one branch to another.