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**End of Year Appeal from the Founding Director**

Greetings to our friends and supporters! As you read this and reflect on the year 2020, we can agree that we have all collectively experienced the earth shattering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We understand too well how it has affected our lives, our livelihoods, and, for non-profits, the ability to remain sustainable.

In light of this, please accept my earnest thank you for the support given during the year to The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center.

With your phenomenal assistance, we have worked doubly hard through the pandemic to continue providing high quality care and enrichment for the 200+ native animals that call the Zoo home, even when we were closed to the public.

They, in turn, continue to be ambassadors for their species and reinforce the vital role wildlife play in our lives, and the importance of preserving our natural world.

Storms and floods this year also brought new rescued animals to our doors, like this orphaned ocelot cub, and we turn none away.

After 8 long months, the challenges continue to ensure our animals are cared for, our staff is paid, and the lights stay on.

With this in mind, we are asking if you could consider an end-of-year gift to assist us in our mission. You can do this by visiting www.belizezoo.org and donating, or by "adopting" an animal.

Please join us as we continue to make a positive impact in our irreplaceable environment. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity at a time when TBZTEC needs it the most.

Wishing you a happy and safe Holiday Season.

~~Sharon Matola