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Parque Zoologico Nacional Simon Bolivar

Address: Avda. 11 and C. 11 | Barrio Amón, San Jose 1000, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506-256-0012
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Ranked #30 of 33 Attractions in San Jose
Owner description: This modest zoo provides an introduction to some of the amazing diversity of the country.
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Owner description: This modest zoo provides an introduction to some of the amazing diversity of the country.

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San Carlos, Costa Rica
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We stumbled across this zoo while exploring San Jose. We were surprised at how inexpensive it was (2,500 colones, about $5) and went in. It's not the biggest zoo, but it is worth the price. The macaws were beautiful. Most of the cats were sleeping (lion, ocelot, jaguar). The pizotes were quite active along with some of the other birds.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

I read about this Zoo here and the reviews weren't so good, but i went anyway and enjoyed any moment! Its not the biggest zoo in the world , but its defiantly worth it. There are lion, puma's , tukans, owls and many more. And for something like 4$ its worth every cent! Great for all ages.

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Heredia, Costa Rica
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Maybe this zoo was a great idea decades ago, when there was little understanding of how animals in captivity should be handled. Sadly, this place has been abandoned to the old ways. What you will experience here are animals in old fashioned cages (even sitting on concrete floors in some cases), the stench of uncleanliness and the wondering of how... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Just off Calle 7 on a short side street (look up JR's Ribs on Google Maps to find it) - a stone's throw from downtown, this little zoo presents a select group of indigenous or regional mammals and birds, which makes the African lion seem very out of place. By modern zoo standards, this zoo needs a substantial update. I'd... More 

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San Jose ,Costa Rica
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

Although an old fashioned cage style zoo, it is a lush jungle garden.The animals are well looked after, despite the less then slick modern accommodations.I have been to dozens of the world's top rate zoos. The animals here are fewer and soon will be relocated to reserves if possible.No zoo is a natural place for wild animals. These animals have... More 

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San Francisco, California, United States
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117 reviews 117 reviews
35 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

This zoo is randomly placed in the middle of a neighborhood. Its not super cheap, and super small. There arent a lot of animals, and there are a lot of closed paths and streets and it appears that they are only using a portion of the grounds. The poor lion looks like he is suffering. I love zoos, but there... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

The zoo charges 2,400 for adults. There are not a lot of people that come. You can see every attraction and take pictures in less than 30 minutes. Every single cage looks miserable. The animals look filthier than how they should be in zoos (comparing with other zoos). The animals look restless. The cages are too small for the birds.... More 

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Sacramento, California, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

It felt completely awkward being here. The animals on display felt as such. They were not being celebrated as I would imagine they would be, in a place that does so much in the way of conservation. I felt this vibe through the general look of the animals... the big cats were howling painfully and pacing their enclosures. Just a... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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58 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

This zoo was within walking distance of our hotel and was a bit hard to find ,base on the fact that you would not really thought that a zoo could be right in the area where there were restaurant's and shops packed together, so it was like a hidden gem,small ,but like a little oasis in the downtown area,lush verdant... More 

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Greensboro
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

the animals living conditions were not that great. My friends made the trip more exciting than actually being there. It would probably be alright for a field trip with kids, but not so much an experience for adults.

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