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Address: Road behind Hotel Esperanza, Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 2656-2236
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In this piece of paradise you will meet the Amazing Costa Rican Fauna (over...

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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A Great Little Spot

A friend and I stopped in here on a whim and because we love wildlife. Overall we were impressed with this place. The animals appear well cared for, given that the woman running... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
jimmyfairview
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London, Canada
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London, Canada
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A friend and I stopped in here on a whim and because we love wildlife. Overall we were impressed with this place. The animals appear well cared for, given that the woman running the refuge receives no support other then the entrance fees and donations. Most of the enclosures seemed small, however given that the hope is to return the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small project run pretty much by one woman on her own - a remarkable refuge for local wild animals found injured or abandoned. Her aim is to look after them and then, where possible, release them back into the wild. Perhaps inevitably some of them are kept in relatively small enclosures. It was very good to be... More 

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Thank Jon S
Antwerp, Belgium
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33 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

A lovely little refuge owned by an elderly couple who have dedicated their lives to caring and rehabilitating wild animals. We first had a guided tour by the lady who explained about every animal and how they got there.We had to look out for some spiderwebs but quickly learnt that they are crab spiders and not harmful. The owner was... More 

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1 Thank Broadwaybabe
White Rock, Canada
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223 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

I was disappointed with the trip we took to come to this place, I am highly suspect of how much rehabilitation happens here. This to me was a zoo in a lady's back yard, while I'm sure she cares quite a lot for the animals it didn't seem as though there was much released back to the wild. For $20... More 

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Thank JD778
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Good, quick way to see some local wildlife up close with a bilingual tour guide. The animals are provided by the government for either care or after they were confiscated I believe. Easy access off the main highway from Samara to Punta Islita.It is worth doing at least once and they do have different wildlife in and out from time... More 

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Thank Lubbockians
Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

This was a nice local refugee and zoo. It had lots of local animals, birds, and insects. The entrance fee was reasonably priced. It is worth going if you had an hour or two to spare.

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Thank Duyen N
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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Thank Teague G
Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

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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Brooklyn, NY
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13 reviews
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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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Thank REGirl1
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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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