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“Just go” 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 #4 of 53 Attractions in Nosara
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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
Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

It's hard to describe how special this experience is. As cool as the monkeys are, it is even cooler to see Vicki and Steve in their element first-hand. They run the place and have devoted their lives to this cause. It is a Herculean effort and they are unfazed in their vision to protect these wild beings. We got to hang out with the monkeys and found them very playful and curious. A MUST in Nosara!

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New York, NY
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Let Steve and Vicki Show You How Ordinary People Can Make A Difference”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The animal refuge at SIBU has been reviewed many times and is, deservedly, the #1 attraction in Nosara. Visitors usually talk about how interacting with the monkey victims and offspring of power line electrocution warms their heart. There's no need to repeat these accounts of the emotions this refuge powerfully triggers. What does need further emphasis, however, are the stunning accomplishments this "retired" couple and their volunteers have achieved in only a few years. It's a tangible lesson in the power of individuals with a passion to create physical, political and community change without the backing of powerful interests or financial support. Consider your visit to SIBU a two hour primer in personal leadership and community action.

When they retired to Nosara a few years ago, Vicki was horrified by the plight of the howler monkeys who are routinely electrocuted by unshielded power lines as they try to make their way through the jungle. So they bought a plot of land, rented a bulldozer and started building access roads up the side of a mountain to their new home -- all by themselves. What was supposed to be their new home is now mostly inhabited by monkeys and other animals while Steve and Vicki occupy a single room which, of course, they share with their animal guests.

Vicki has gained the attention of the national electric company (ICE) and convinced it to begin shielding the lines. Progress is slow, but I pity any person or organization that stands in Vicki's way. Steve, a retired test pilot and (by the way) Jimi Hendrix grade rock guitarist, can be found playing gigs in Nosara by night and working to build new animal facilities by day.

Do not fail to visit with this amazing couple while you're in Nosara and learn how ordinary individuals who see a need or a wrong can make a difference in the world. You can find Steve playing his guitar several nights a week. You'll recognize him by his grey pony tail. Or call Vicki and ask to join the limited number of visitors to SIBU. You'll be asked for a $50 contribution because there is no large organization funding this effort. Just pay it. You'll never forget what you'll learn and feel in the monkey colony.

Visited March 2015
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Eaton, Colorado
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17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“A Work of Heart- SIBU”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

You might not find this on any adventure brochure- but rest assured, it is an adventure of the heart. Simple concept started by one serendipitous event and on many levels making a difference. This is not a zoo, in fact it is a home. Home to Steve and Vicki, currently "Boo" an orphan howler monkey as well as several other howlers and a couple of mischievous capuchin teenagers. There is the coatamundi peeking in the door and the raccoon that comes home in the night. Vicki was hand feeding/nursing a frail hummingbird while "Boo" clung to her neck and around her arm. This is the heart work of Vicki and Steve- to help give those a chance to return to the wild (remember- not a zoo) and to educate a culture, a country quickly growing an economic industry (tourism) and insure the impact doesn't harm one of the very reasons that the country is able to grow the industry. Steve's sense of wit is matched with Vicki's determination and they work beautifully together to create a "chance" for each animal. Don't anticipate a petting zoo- the goal is to keep human impact minimal to help return them to their natural world. Instead- be ready to open your heart- as they have done- and be awed on a different level. As with any grass root project- funding is necessary. As you spend time in CR, you will find that little is cheap and neither is running a refuge or sanctuary. There are also other needs. Consider what you can do to help make that difference! As we came down from Playa Flamingo and not familiar with CR roads and this hidden gem, we used Bill Beard's Costa Rica (Julio - who is familiar with this area of Nosara) and was well worth the guide/car/extras. This visit will stay with us forever.

Visited March 2015
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Florence, Montana USA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Please go and support this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Steve and Vicky, who do amazing work to protect howler monkeys. Loved their mountaintop home and sanctuary, and all the visiting wildlife. Go!

Visited March 2015
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Naples, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“You will fall in love!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

To see what Vicki & Steve are doing to rehabilitate these animated, loving animals is amazing! You look into the their eyes and you see their vulnerability and their soul as they carefully check you out to see if you are play worthy. The sanctuary that Vicki and Steve built is truly amazing as they have made sure the monkey are protected and yet in their natural habitat. This is their passion and they live, breathe and sleep caring for these beautiful creatures. I promise you that you will not be disappointed. I haven't stopped talking or thinking about the monkeys as well as the other critters since I left. This is well worth the visit and your donation to help Vicki and Steve continue this work.

Visited March 2015
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