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Simon Bolivar Parque Zoologico y Jardin Botanico Nacional

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Address: | From Morazán Park, 300 meters north and 175 meters northeast., San Jose 1000, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2256 0012
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8:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: The Zoo and Botanical Garden National Simon Bolivar, in Costa Rica, is the...
The Zoo and Botanical Garden National Simon Bolivar, in Costa Rica, is the traditional zoo in the country. It is located in an area of ​​2 acres in downtown San Jose, embellishing the capital city thanks to the reforestation of forest cover. It has 300 individuals from 60 different species, most belonging to the Costa Rican biodiversity. Currently works facility improvements are made, in particular animal enclosures and hiking path visitors. It has the most advanced clinical veterinary healthcare Costa Rica, as well as preparation of safe food to provide quality food for all individuals living in the park. It also has the most comprehensive program of environmental education in the country, aimed at pre-school, primary and secondary. Promotes processes of scientific research institutions and national and international universities. The animals found at the Zoo are seizures made by government authorities or voluntary surrenders, which by their condition and not be returned to nature.
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Zoo made me very sad

While the animals all looked healthy it reminded us of the very old fashioned zoo with very small cages. The crying and pacing of one the big cats made us almost cry. Not... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Edmonton, Canada
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

While the animals all looked healthy it reminded us of the very old fashioned zoo with very small cages. The crying and pacing of one the big cats made us almost cry. Not recommended.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

This zoo is pleasant to walk through, but many of the animals are difficult to see because they are nocturnal, or are behind black mesh screens. At c2.500 it is not expensive.

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Anderson, Indiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I usually don't worry about animal cruelty, etc, but this zoo upset me. The cage were all small and not clean. The animals looked slightly underfed. The zoo was small and cheap to enter, but it wasn't worth it. Even though it is so inexpensive, it's not worth your money.

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Bromont, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This small zoo is Nice to visit, specially in a warm day because of the freshness of the place. A lot of colored birds and native animals... Go there on saturday and spend an hour or two, after going to the morning farmers and artisans market, the Feria Verde, a book from there. Only on saturday morning...

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San Carlos, Costa Rica
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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 via mobile

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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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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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
5 helpful votes 5 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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176 helpful votes 176 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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