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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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Wild blue-crowned motmot sighted at entrance

This zoo is a bit cramped for large carnivores, especially the cats, but lots of construction going on while were there, so hopefully lions will get a better place soon. We... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This zoo is a bit cramped for large carnivores, especially the cats, but lots of construction going on while were there, so hopefully lions will get a better place soon. We appreciated being to preview the wildlife we soon saw in the wild in Monteverde and Manuel Antonio. Great tropical fruit cup available for purchase.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

First time I visited this place it was such a sad experience I wanted to set all the animals free. Unhappy skinny creatures in very small cages was not a good impression at all. I guess because the Costa Rican government had started to protect the forest so long ago, they some how were used to seeing animals in the... More 

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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I was impressed of the numerous variety of animals they have despite that the place is not too big. Plus this is located on the heart of the city. It's a decent one or more kilometer walkf from the center of the city. The place close at 4:30PM so you have to be there at least 2PM the latest if... More 

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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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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Simon Bolivar Parque Zoologico y Jardin Botanico Nacional

Address: | From Morazán Park, 300 meters north and 175 meters northeast., San Jose 1000, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2256 0012
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of San Jose  >  San Jose Metro  >  San Jose
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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