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Address: La Garita de Alajuela, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506 433 8989
Description: While educating the public about local wildlife, this zoo also breeds...
While educating the public about local wildlife, this zoo also breeds endangered animals for eventual release to the wild.
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Nice way to spend the afternoon

While staying nearby, we strolled down the road to Zoo Ave and enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon viewing many of the birds we weren't fortunate enough to see in the wild. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

While staying nearby, we strolled down the road to Zoo Ave and enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon viewing many of the birds we weren't fortunate enough to see in the wild. The grounds are nicely landscaped as well and the location was very peaceful.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I enjoyed this so much. In my many trips to Costa Rica, I finally got to experience it. I took the bus from Alejuela for an unbeliveably low price, and since I told the driver where I was going, he made sure I got off at the right place. The Zoo Ave is in fact a "wildlife restoration" where many... More 

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Cayman Islands
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Back in the 80's when I was a little girl I used to visit the Zoo Ave a lot with my Dad, my treat was the Ostrich... Well, about 30 years later and about 10+ of living abroad, we had a day in CR without any plans so we decided to visit the Zoo Ave. I have to say I... More 

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Montezuma, Costa Rica
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Large variety of animals, pleasure to see animals are cared for. They have animals from Costa Rica and animals from different parts of the world. Zip lining also available. Great, friendly clean and fun.

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Edmonton, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Excellent & a natural environment for birds, animals etc; a great way to spend the better part of the day!! The admission fee for tourists was inflated.

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Pasadena, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The title of this place is a zoo but it is really an animal rescue. They take in animals that have been harmed, can't survive in the wild, or are illegally obtained, smuggled, etc. It is neat to visit because you can see native animals up close and you are supporting their rescue efforts by going there.

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Onalaska
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Lots of birds from the country. I've never been that close to a Toucan. We visited it 2 times in our 6 week in Costa Rica. It's unfortunate that the animals are there due to being confiscated by being owned illegally, been hurt in some way or on the endangered list. The zoo has given them a wonderful sanctuary. We... More 

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Cornwall, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The zoo was just a few minutes from our place at hotel la Rosa America. It was great, $12 to get in, wide paved sidewalks, and good info on the flora and fauna. we took 2 1/2 hrs to complete the walk. Ate at the adjacent restaurant Daves very good.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This Zoo is located close to the hotel we stayed at in Alajuela. Initially a bird rescue center, now also a zoo with other animals. I recommend it. Many trails, self guided. Has a small restaurant, good food.

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Hawaii
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

A great little zoo that features not only some wonderful native Birds but Cats, Monkeys and others, too. They rehabilitate many animals which I believe is how they started. Your visit will help them get the word out about the illegal bird trade and poaching of native species. Don't miss it!

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