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“inspirational and heart breaking in equal measure” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nosara Wildlife Sanctuary at Sibu

Nosara Wildlife Sanctuary at Sibu
Nosara, Costa Rica
+506 8413 8889
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Nosara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Nosara Wildlife Sanctuary at SIBU is located minutes from Playa Guiones, Nosara. We are a 50 acre jungle garden reserve, surrounded by thousands of acres of jungle and located between the Rio Nosara and Rio Montana. We are a care / rehabilitation and Step Down Release Center for the area's injured and orphaned wildlife, returning them back into the wild. Those who cannot be released, receive life term care. Our facilities include a non-primate / quarantine habitat, 70ft.X75ft habitats, three stories tall to encompass trees, with movable walls to adapt to any enclosure requirement. We also have an Open Canopy Habitat that is approximately 1/3 of an acre. Our new volunteer casita can house up to 4 volunteers to live on site during their stay at SIBU. We offer Up Close and Personal Educational visits by advance reservation only. Visit our web site to participate in our Adopt-A-Monkey Program or to inquire about becoming a volunteer at Nosara Wildlife Sanctuary at SIBU
Portland, Oregon
2 reviews
“inspirational and heart breaking in equal measure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

I wasn't sure what to expect when I signed up to visit the sanctuary but I was highly impressed by the level of need, the amazingly huge hearts and efforts of these folks to address that need and the variety and beauty of the "wild" that is benefited from that effort.
They are tackling the challenge from all angles; personally caring for the animals, indirectly appealing to visitors through education and personal appeal (those baby monkeys are sooo adorable!) and by educating the population and unofficially lobbying the electric company and powers-that-be about the need for insulation of electrical wires, etc. Costa Rica needs to keep advancing their understanding of what it means to be "Ecologically responsible" especially since they are touting their country as an "Eco Tourism" mecca.
I highly recommend a visit and to give support financially. (Fundraising is not their forte - so feel free to just make a donation of whatever you can.) They lead the crusade with their hearts and bodies (they work 7 days a week, sun up to sun down) but their minds are critically involved and constantly seeking ways to improve their little corner of the world. God bless them!

Visited February 2015
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“your heart will melt!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

The work that Steve and Vicki are doing is absolutely amazing. They have the biggest hearts and the world needs more people like this and more people (like us) so support them. These poor orphans will have a chance, thanks to them. The tour of the facility and the educational lecture is really fascinating but it is the time that you spend observing these adorable little monkeys in their temporary home is absolutely the highlight. They are ADORABLE. I read the howler monkey population has decreased by 50% in the last 12 years or something, so really Steve and Vicki's work is sooo important, to be able to release the orphans when they are ready. If I ever make it back to this part of C.R. I will definitely visit again.

Visited February 2015
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“Again a wonderful visit!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We visited Sibu for the second and again we really enjoyed it. Steve, Vicky and all the other people do a wonderful job. It is a must visit if you go to Nosara and support all the good work they do!

Visited February 2015
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Budd Lake, NJ
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“no words can express....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

... how amazing this visit was! Steve is quite a character and your visit starts with a small hike of the property, during which he will talk about the flora and fauna and the work the two of them (!) have done planting and maintaining it. Vicki is a sweet lady who is truly passionate about her work. She gives a short presentation about the way the monkey come to them and there is a 4 minute video that will break your heart; the heartache will ease somewhat as the tour continues and you meet the monkeys! You will meet them face to face, with no barrier, but you are asked not to touch them. They don't mind you being there and just get on with their monkey business -- playing, eating and lounging. Two little capuchins rule the roost and keep Steve and Vicki on their toes, as they are so smart they have been known to break in to the monkey pantry and host a party.

These people work so hard and when we were done it seemed like the $50 per person donation was very little to ask.

Visited February 2015
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Ukiah, California
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“What a wonderful place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

A highlight of our trip, this wonderful sanctuary is a must see. You cannot help but be spellbound by this place. A huge amount of admiration for what Steve and Vicki have achieved and their tireless efforts. Thank God for people like this! They are both so knowledgeable and facinating to listen to. Their work to raise awareness and protect the wildlife of Costa Rica is inspring. They offer you a very special experience which is suitable for any age. We took our 1 year who had a wonderful time. I only hope that we get a chance to return in the future!

Visited January 2015
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