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Address: Road behind Hotel Esperanza, Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 2656-2236
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Description: In this piece of paradise you will meet the Amazing Costa Rican Fauna...
In this piece of paradise you will meet the Amazing Costa Rican Fauna (over 40 animals)surrounded by a tropical garden. In a friendly atmosphere, the owners will introduce you to a wonderful word of local animals.Most the animals are for reabilitation, breeding and for future releaseinto the wild.
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It was a neat little place to see all of the local wildlife, right by Playa Carillo. The price is worth is since it goes straight to taking care of the animals.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

It was a neat little place to see all of the local wildlife, right by Playa Carillo. The price is worth is since it goes straight to taking care of the animals.

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Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Terribly OVER priced Not worth the money and unfriendly people!!!! Don't go here! The animals that once were free are not looked up in cages, that's just ugly!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Small little zoo dedicated to rehabing and releasing wildlife. A little pricey, but the money is used to fund the zoo, so worth it in my opinion. Best time to go is later in the day when the animals are out and about. If you go in the morning, you are welcome to come back later in the day when... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We went back and forth over visiting this spot with our two kids. It is a bit pricey for a family of 4. In the end we went and it turned out to be quite educational. It is a great way to see the animals up close, Most are only there temporarily before being released. That helps if you are... More 

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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

They had a baby ocelot while I was there! Definitely would check it out if you're in the area.It's a nice little spot not too far from the beach.

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My husband, 2 year old daughter and I went to visit this refuge one hot sunny morning. It cost 20$ per adult and 15$ for children (but she didn't charge us for our daughter). It was amazing to see local animals up close and personal. The cages are clean and the animals seem very well cared for. The lady who... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Tour of La Selva, Organisation for Tropical Studies – 5 out of 5. This is an amazing place – crested guans and collared peccaries strolling among the research buildings and fantastically biodiverse forest. We had a brilliant guide whose natural history knowledge (and ability to mimic the birds) was top notch. We were also fascinated to learn more about the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

The owners are doing the best they can with limited resources. There is a large selection of creatures, most of whom need larger accommodations and some of whom are in the process of getting them. Some will be released back into the wild. I would say go ~ hear the animals' stories ~ and give generously.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

Although the price for admission is a bit high, I believe it is worthwhile to see the place if you are nearby. The owner is very good about showing and explaining questions about the animals they have at the time. It is a rescue zoo, so the animals on hand do change fairly often. Admission is good for two visits,... More 

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Regina, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014 via mobile

The work and love that the owners have put into this small area really shows. The owner took us around to every animal and explained in great detail about their history, and where they are found in Costa Rica. It is small, but this is a great way to get a look at some of the animals that aren't visible... More 

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Address: Road behind Hotel Esperanza, Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 2656-2236
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Carrillo

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