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Zoo Ave

Address: La Garita de Alajuela, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506 433 8989
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85%
Ranked #2 of 22 things to do in Alajuela
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: While educating the public about local wildlife, this zoo also breeds endangered animals for...
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Owner description: While educating the public about local wildlife, this zoo also breeds endangered animals for eventual release to the wild.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I don't usually like zoos because the animals are usually in tiny cages and unhappy. At this zoo, the vast majority of the animals (monkeys, pumas, caimans, sloths, and all kinds of birds, and more!) are there because they're endangered or because they were hurt and are being rehabilitated before being released. If you speak Spanish try to find one... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

A well maintained sanctuary for local species that are displayed whenever possible in a opened free environment. The facility is large enough to provide visitors a good sample of Costa Rican wildlife, yet not too large to be tiring walking around in the heat.

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Alajuela, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

check it out!lot,s of costa ricas wildlife.not your typical zoo.great way to get some photos of animals and birds of costa rica.

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La Guacima
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Not the first place to go in Costa Rica but if you're looking for something to fill some time while in the west central valley, it's a nice little zoo that's pretty well taken care of. Lots of local animals and birds. I love the close up views of the macaws. Tough to get that close to them in the... More 

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Lafayette, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The visitor can't "behind the scenes" to see the rehabilitation facilities, but there is an extensive collection of native wildlife which are non-releasable. Their enclosures are beautifully done, with natural habitats for each bird or animal. Extensive educational effort for local people in order to stop the pet trade from making some species extinct. Definitely worth a visit as you... More 

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Victoria, British Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Lots of animals.. and quite a large park. All animals looked well taken care of. Not too expensive and easy to find!

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Noosa Heads
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Loved the space and the atmosphere in this zop. I don't normally like zoos but this zoo obviously really tries to give the animals and birds as natural a living space as it can. There are lots of iguanas just roaming around as well as many birds hanging around outside the cages. Lovely place to visit if you have the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This rehab center for injured animals was beautiful. There were live peacocks running around, plenty of exhibits to enjoy & the staff was very helpful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Zoo Ave isn't large, but it offers a very nice experience for the visitor. Animals and birds are in lovely settings, and large green iguanas share the walkways with visitors. Worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Atenas, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

This beautiful park is actually located in La Garita, about 10 km from Alajuela or 15km from Atenas. Every trail is a beautiful jungle walk with birds and some other animals in little nooks and big exhibits along the trails. If you love tropical plants, a visit is worth it for that alone! But birds are the stars as the... More 

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