Belize’s only multi-species avian rehabilitation center helps rescued birds to spread their wings and fly again. 

The MISSION of Belize Bird Rescue (BBR) is to provide rescue, medical care and rehabilitation services free of cost to injured or endangered avians in Belize. 

Why is it important?

Belize Bird Rescue is Belize’s only multi-species avian rescue center working with all species of resident and migratory birds, with a focus on wild parrots rescued from the illegal pet trade. They operate throughout the year, providing rescue, medical care and rehabilitation services free of cost. Release is the ultimate goal for all bird species in their care, and those unable to be released are given long-term sanctuary in a wild and natural environment. Your Kindness gives these birds a second chance.  

How do they do it?

Belize Bird Rescue has been working in Belize since 2004 to address the illegal local trade in wild-caught parrots. They have liberated over 1000 wild parrots from captivity, and in partnership with the Belize Forest Department have implemented a licensing program to tag and monitor non-releasable, well-cared-for parrots already in captivity, whilst bringing an end to the captive wild trade. They provide free rescue services for all species of imperiled wild birds and in conjunction with partners at Animal Medical Centre in Belize City, they provide surgical care and in-house medical care for sick and injured birds. In conjunction, BBR attends educational outreach events and gives avian care and welfare advice.

They are based three miles outside the nation’s capital city of Belmopan, in the Cayo district of Belize, Central America. Their work takes them all over the country for rescues, releases and outreach programs. Belize Bird Sanctuary also maintains seven soft-release enclosures in strategic areas of the country, primarily for their parrot programs.

How you can #TravelKindly: 
  • Choose  Belize Bird Rescue as your local charity when you book your hotel with Kind Traveler.

  • Travelers to Belize may offer local consumables and local food supplies to the sanctuary. An international Amazon wish list fulfillment will also greatly benefit Belize Bird Rescue. A list of needed items may be found here

  • Due to their extensive rehabilitation for release programs, BBR is unable to invite members of the public to visit the facility. They are however one of the foremost locations in Belize to see free-flying parrots. Special interest birding groups may be accommodated by arrangement. Please contact them directly

  • Become a Fly Free Belize member.  You will be part of a unique group of people who support their conservation and rehabilitation work through your membership fees.

  • Follow these tips should you find a baby bird or an injured birds during your visit to Belize

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