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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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Cute little place to spend an hour.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Brooklyn, NY
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Brooklyn, NY
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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 reviews 4 reviews
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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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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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Euless, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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Winnipeg, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

We were staying just down the road from La Selva so we dropped by in the morning and came back again at 5 p.m. for the feedings. I wanted to see a sloth so badly on my trip and I was ecstatic when I found out she had one.The animals looked healthy and well cared for. The bugs didn't bother... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

I have been to La Selva on 2 occasions, the first time by myself and the second time with my children. As many people have pointed out it is very small, but for me that is one of it's advantages. You get the opportunity not just to see the animals up close but also handle them and learn about them... More 

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