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“Carol's passion for rehabilitating animals shines through” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Osa Wildlife Sanctuary

Osa Wildlife Sanctuary
Fundacion Santuario Silvestre de Osa Apdo, Puerto Jimenez 48-8203, Costa Rica
506 861 1309
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Also known as the Santuario Silvestre de Osa . Owned by Carol Crews. $25 admission/donation. All proceeds go into the sanctuary.
New England
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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“Carol's passion for rehabilitating animals shines through”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

This was a wonderful experience, and one I'll never forget! Carol has such a passion for rescuing and rehabilitating animals from the exotic pet trade, and it shows. The animals are well cared for and Carol knows her stuff!

The location alone was worth the trip. The sanctuary is on a beautiful beach in the midst of a splendid jungle. Everything was incredible interactive. Sweetie (the spider monkey) was a total character... she will be sure to show you were she'd like a scratch, if you're willing to oblige. I loved the sloths, the kinkajous, the tyra, the monkeys... all the fun animals we saw. It's well run and you'll feel good donating to this establishment.

Please note: Use a bathroom before you get there and be sure to contact Carol and find out what (if anything) the shelter could use for donations before you arrive. We brought fruit to give to the animals but there are always things an organization could use!

Visited February 2013
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Calgary
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“Educational experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We loved our experience at the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary and meeting Carol who is such a passionate, determined woman.

This is not a zoo - it's a rehabilitation centre. If you're going there to see a large number of animals, you'll be disappointed as there are only a few non-releasable residents. It is, however, a fantastic opportunity to learn about wildlife rehabilitation and conservation in Costa Rica. We bombarded Carol with questions and learned plenty from her.

Meeting Sweetie the spider monkey was certainly an experience I'll always remember.

I admire Carol for what she's doing with such little money and so much red tape.

Visited January 2013
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billings, mt
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“good sanctuary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

I enjoyed the talk and I was pleased to see that the woman who runs it is very committed to releasing the animals that can be released, educating the tourists, and doing what she can to discourage the pet trade of monkeys. We all enjoyed getting up close and personal with her residents

Visited January 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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“Corcovado tours”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

The monkey, plant, and bird life were fabulous. I loved having a guide to help us learn more about the area.

Visited December 2012
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Santa Cruz
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“Take a nice boat ride to the wildlife sanctuary”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Take a boat from Puerto Jimenez (about an hour from Bosque del Cabo) to the other side of the Golfo Dulce and see the wildlife sanctuary. You see animals up close some that have been rescued and can't be released and some that are being rehabilitated in some way for release. Scarlet Maccaws up close, sloths, monkeys, lots of other mammals. A monkey accompanies you with the guide on the tour of the grounds. Watching that monkey interact with the crowd as the tour guide explained things was interesting. The monkey would come up, sit down , grab your hand and put your hand on it's body - for a scratch ! He worked the crowd doing this pretty much the whole time.

Visited August 2012
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