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Parque Zoologico Nacional Simon Bolivar

Avda. 11 and C. 11 | Barrio Amón, San Jose 1000, Costa Rica
506-256-0012
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Ranked #35 of 40 attractions in San Jose
Type: Zoos
Description: This modest zoo provides an introduction to some of the amazing diversity of the country.
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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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
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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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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80 helpful votes 80 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
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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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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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37 helpful votes 37 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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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54 reviews 54 reviews
26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

This place is dying, don´t spend time visiting it! The animals are secluded and by law they have to move them to other spaces where they can move freely.

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