Operational Costs


People often ask what it costs the Directors to run Belize Bird Rescue. Here are our major, unavoidable daily expenses


Average annual running costs $85,000USD
All operational and expansion costs from 2004 to 2015 came from the Founder/Director private funds.*
Income is now derived through our Global Giving platform, Paypal and local fundraisers
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All parrots are fed every morning

We use 70+ baskets to hold the daily rations of parrot food which costs around $80US per day. Each basket contains items such as parrot pellets, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, papaya, banana, fresh vegetables, seasonal fruits, cooked corn and beans, multivitamins, cooked egg, birdy-bread.


Seasonal fruit examples: coconut, tamarind, various apples and plums sugar cane, craboo, kinep, noni, surinam cherries, black-berries, gooseberries, wild grape, mango, cashew fruit, pitaya


From our ponds and the river we harvest fish for the numerous water birds we rehab throughout the year, and we purchase fish from local sea-fishermen for our sea-birds which costs around $200US a month


Other weekly feed costs:

Rats & Mice - $50 (bred for raptor food)

Mealworms - $11 (bred for passerine food)

Chicks & chicken (bred for raptor food and eggs) - $30

Onmivore and toucan foods include special pellets, meats and egg.

Weekly feed costs* approx $623US



Covid has curtailed staff hours considerably. We try to make sure they have some work, but it hasn't been easy. $400US is almost a third of our pre-covid wages bill


Oscar is our Husbandry Co-ordinator keeping  a close eye on the birds physical and mental conditions.


Jose & Orlando are our groundsmen who help out BBR by doing everything from building structures and enclosures to maintaining the fish ponds and fruit trees.


Carmen cleans up morning prep, scrubs cages, washed towels, cleans the indoor rehab/nursery/clinic areas, prepares fresh produce for the next day and forages for home-grown foods. 

They are fabulous, dedicated people and we wish with all our heart that we could afford to pay them more for their services.

Weekly wages costs* $400US



BBR is currently without a vehicle of our own. Thanks to a very good friend we have use of an old Toyota, but we need to get our own vehicle very soon.

If you would like to donate specifically to our vehicle fund, please follow this link to our Global Giving site, or Paypal


We travel hundreds of miles a month for our rescue and release trips throughout the country. Other regular journeys include shopping, education/outreach, and veterinary visits.


Average monthly fuel bill is $450. Vehicle tax, insurance, and repairs are another $3,500 per year.


Weekly transport costs (average) $150US


The water supply is electrically pumped from Roaring Creek to a hill-top tank, and gravity does the rest. The electricity is drawn from the national grid and is expensive.


There is also a solar pump that aids the aeration stream to the fish ponds. 


Gas for cooking and water heating is delivered by truck to a bulk tank and piped to the house.


The phone line to the house is also our internet connection and we have a post-paid cell phone contract; two prepaid numbers and a toll-free Wildlife Advice Hotline.


Average monthly utility bills for BBR:

Electricity $500

Butane gas $160

Phone & Internet $250


Weekly utilities costs* $210US


Our education programmes are on hold due to Covid, but we still produce a selection of educational materials, the majority about parrots and parrot care. We reprint as often as able and can distribute through appropriate public venues and outlets


We assist the Forest Department with their outreach initiatives wherever possible, and conduct our own public awareness and education programmes.

View or download our current materials.


Request copies for your school (in Belize only)


Contact us to arrange a presentation for your school or organisation (Belize only)

Admin includes web hosting, taxes, fees, postage, printing costs etc


Weekly costs* average $75US


'Facility' is a broad term for everything that is Belize Bird Rescue. The entire ground floor of the 10,000 sq.ft. building encompasses the food prep area, nursery, quarantine, clinic, bathroom, office, storage areas and some of the non-releasable resident birds.


All of the buildings and practically all of the enclosures were originally funded from the Directors' personal savings.  Our current costs are for expansion, upkeep, repairs and replacement of existing facilities


We use Animal Medical Centre in Belize City as they are the most suitably qualified for avian veterinary care and orthopaedics. 

A wing or leg pin surgery costs between 150-300US and an X-ray is $25US. Monthly costs vary but we usually have outstanding monthly bills of over $350US

Weekly costs* facility & medical average $175US

(*All figures are in US Dollars - $1US = $2BZ)