Belize Zoo Accessibility Project

The Belize Zoo Transformation Project works to create an inclusive and accessible environment through the creation of physical and social resources.
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Belize Zoo
Community
Cortland, New York
United States
7 Team Members

Who We Are

The Belize Zoo Transformation Project is a collaborative effort to promote inclusion and accessibility in both the US and in Belize. Founded in 2012, the project raises funds to make social and physical inclusion a reality. 

Our Story

Our story begins with a man named Jerome who had grown up at and loved The Belize Zoo. While working, Jerome was injured, which eventually led to one of Jerome’s legs being partially amputated. When he went to The Zoo to visit after his surgery, Jerome realized that he could not maneuver his wheelchair through the gravel pathways. He could no longer access the place that meant so much to him.

So The Belize Zoo reached out to the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center at SUNY Cortland (IRRC) in the hopes that we would be able to help The Zoo create a more inclusive environment not only for Jerome but for all of The Zoo’s patrons.

A love affair was born. Working together to form The Belize Zoo Transformation Project, The Belize Zoo and the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center formulated a plan to not only make The Zoo more accessible but also to promote inclusion and accessibility in the US and Belize.

Students gained interest in the project and a class was born. The first group raised over $4000 towards the project and went down to help with the construction efforts.  

   


Our Fundraising Goal

We've made some great progress towards making an accessible environment at The Belize Zoo but our work is not done yet!

In order to finish our project, we need to raise $10,000!

  • Money (whether we reach our goal or not) will go directly to making The Belize Zoo a more inclusive and accessible place!
  • The funds will complete 5 miles of accessible, firm, and stable pathway for all patrons, no matter their ability, to enjoy The Zoo with!
  • When we’re done, The Belize Zoo will be one of the Most Accessible Places in Belize!

The Belize Zoo Transformation Project is working. It is transforming not only a zoo but people too. And that is what truly makes a difference. Thank you for considering our project and for your support, in this project, and in everything else.

We'd Love Your Help!

 

Class of 2013 Post-Trip Video

Meet Jerome


      Perks

      When you donate at any level where you receive an 8x10 photo from The Belize Zoo, please indicate which of the following you would like:

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      $2,870USD
      raised by 34 people in 26 days
      191% funded
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      $1,500 USD goal
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      This campaign ended on March 3, 2014
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      • $5USD
        Coatimundi Sponsor

        Donors will receive our eternal gratitude and a personal thank you on our Facebook page.

        1 claimed

      • $10USD
        Spinder Monkey Sponsor

        Donors will receive all of the above PLUS a bumper sticker from The Belize Zoo

        5 out of 75 claimed

      • $25USD
        Howler Monkey Sponsor

        Donors will receive our eternal gratitude, a public thank you on our Facebook page, AND your choice of one 8 X 10 photo from The Zoo (choice from 8 photos)

        1 out of 50 claimed

      • $40USD
        Scarlet Macaw Sponsor

        Donors will receive our eternal gratitude, a public thank you on our Facebook page, AND an exclusive SIGNED copy of, "The ABCs of Wild and Wonderful Belize", a coloring book depicting the wildlife of Belize, from A-Z.

        5 out of 25 claimed

      • $50USD
        Margay Sponsor

        Donors will receive our eternal gratitude, a public thank you on our Facebook page, an 8x10 picture from The Zoo (your choice from 8 photos) AND A very special Belize Zoo Transformation Project T-shirt

        6 out of 20 claimed

      • $150USD
        Central American Tapir Sponsor

        Donors will receive our eternal gratitude, a public thank you on our Facebook page, an exclusive Belize Zoo Transformation T-shirt, AND A Belizean dinner for 2-6 people made for you in the comfort of your home by the Transformation team. (donor's must live within 30 minutes of Cortland, NY or make arrangements prior to donation)

        1 out of 10 claimed

      • $200USD
        Harpy Eagle Sponsor

        Donors will receive our eternal gratitude, a public thank you on our Facebook page, an exclusive Belize Zoo Transformation t-shirt, an 8x10 picture from The Zoo (choice of 8), AND Your name on the wall at The Belize Zoo, demonstrating your commitment to accessibility to all of The Zoo's visitors.

        2 out of 5 claimed

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        $1,000USD
        Jaguar Sponsor

        Donors will receive our eternal gratitude, a public thank you on our Facebook page, an exclusive Belize Zoo Transformation t-shirt, an 8x10 picture from The Zoo (choice of 8), AND a 4-night, 5-day STAY for TWO at The Belize Zoo & Tropical Education Center. You trip will include pick-up from the airport, meals, accommodation, daytime admission to the Zoo, night tour, AND a VIP tour with Founding Director, Sharon Matola. (airfare to Belize must be arranged by the donor)

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