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“Amazing visit to the Refugio” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nosara Refuge for Wildlife - Private Visits

Nosara Refuge for Wildlife - Private Visits
Nosara, Costa Rica
+506 2682 5049
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Ranked #2 of 13 Attractions in Nosara
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: At Brenda Bombard's "Nosara Refuge for Wildlife" We rescue, rehabilitate and releases back into the jungle, injured and orphaned Howler Monkeys and other wildlife. Injured adult animals are treated at the Refuge Clinic and released as soon as they are healthy. The young orphaned or abandoned infant Howlers are raised at the Refuge Nursery until old enough to begin their journey back to the Jungle usually at about 2 years of age, We accept Private Visits on a RESERVATION ONLY basis. Please call or email the Refuge for more information or reservations.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
“Amazing visit to the Refugio”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

This and MissSky were without a doubt the 2 best things we did in Nosara!!!!
There are actually 2 locations for the Nosara Wildlife Rescue: the Sanctuary and the Refugio. We visited the later and spent an amazing 2+ hours with Brenda who introduced to some amazing creatures including Jack, Feo (so-named due to scars on his face; we re-named him 'Lindo' b/c he was a beautiful monkey), Monica, and many others.
The work that Brenda is doing is truly remarkable and really tugs at your heart. They go out and try to save howler monkeys who have been electrocuted by un-insulated power lines and then they bring them back to the Refugio where they ultimately seek to patch them back up and hopefully send them to the Sanctuary and potentially back into the wild.
Brenda does a great job of explaining the reality that these monkeys face as well as displaying their true tenderness. You will not get a better opportunity to get this up close and personal with howler monkeys within such a nurturing setting; additionally the money that you are donating is going to such a great cause. If you do plan on visiting and are feeling charitable you'd be surprised at the very basic things you could bring them to help out (stuffed animals for the baby monkeys, etc); just go ahead and contact them ahead of time and ask.

Visited August 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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“Incredible!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

We emailed to arrange a visit after reading about the rescue here on trip advisor. Vicki and Steve were quick in getting back to us and were able to fit us in even with short notice! The rescue was such an experience.....the work and passion these two have put into saving wildlife is truly commendable. And getting to see and hold the monkeys up close? This was indeed a once in a lifetime experience. Like so many others have said...this was also the highlight of our trip!

Visited August 2012
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“Amazing place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Highlight of our trip! Brenda is wonderful and an amazing person for all her selfless, hard work!
Go visit to support the great cause!

Visited August 2012
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San Francisco, California
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“An unforgettable experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

There are lots of places to see monkeys in Costa Rica, but this is a place where your donation actually makes a difference. Vicki and Steve are great people doing great work and the monkeys are obviously adorable beyond belief. Highly recommended.

Visited August 2012
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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“We can all learn something from these two!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

Vicki's passion for these animals is undeniable. She has truly found her calling. If everyone lived to their full potential Vicki and Steve would be exceptional examples to follow. I was so touched by their story the journey of how they came to be in the canopy with theses amazing animals. If you are in Costa Rica the Nosara Wildlife Rescue is a MUST. My next visit will definitely include plenty of time to help these two, as the job they have before them is HUGE. If you can't visit the sanctuary and have a few extra bucks donate. These animals need our help.

Visited July 2012
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