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La Selva Wildlife Refuge & Zoo

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This is a very small zoo but the animals are all rescues and the owners are very dedicated to... read more

Reviewed December 28, 2018
Erin, Canada
Well intended, small refuge- would give 3.5 stars!

Great to get up close and personal with local animals. Private tour answered all of our questions... read more

Reviewed December 25, 2018
Calgary, Canada
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In this piece of paradise you will meet the Amazing Costa Rican Fauna (over 40 animals)surrounded by a tropical garden. In a friendly atmosphere, the owners will introduce you to a wonderful word of local animals.Most the animals are for...more
Road behind Hotel Esperanza, Playa Carrillo, Costa Rica
+506 2656 2236
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Reviewed December 28, 2018

This is a very small zoo but the animals are all rescues and the owners are very dedicated to helping save and preserve native animals. Well worth a visit and your money goes to feed and care for these beautiful animals and birds.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank clark3
Reviewed December 25, 2018 via mobile

Great to get up close and personal with local animals. Private tour answered all of our questions! Wear closed toe shoes if possible. Expensive but ok as you know the money is going to feeding the animals :) highlight was the owner allowing the kids...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LeeSCalgary
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Not the cleanest place I have been to, but interesting just the same. The animals seemed well cared for and this place is more for the animals than the tourists.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank D9451KZmichaell
Reviewed May 14, 2018

Looks after and cares for animals that were abandoned or other reason and ensures they have a long healthy life with love and care. Please support it by visiting, all of price goes to maintaining the rescue centre, and the owner has some amazing stories.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Petercf001
Reviewed March 1, 2018

Quite honestly this is a disgusting place aand far from anything called a zoo. I coulld not in good concience support this place. For starters between these people and 2 of their immediate neighbors they have 10 dogs all of which erupt into a cacophony...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank resry
Reviewed February 28, 2018

We were staying nearby in Carrillo Beach for a month, so thought we would visit La Selva Wildlife Refuge and Zoo. It is a little bit pricey, costing 10,000 colones or $20US, but was a good insight into some of the wildlife they have in...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank tobyh594
Reviewed February 5, 2018

We didn't spend a long time here, but our guide spoke excellent English and also was familiar with our home town. The attraction was good, but we really enjoyed talking to the guide even more. But, if you want to see the local wildlife, this...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank GlobeGlimpse
Reviewed June 12, 2017 via mobile

We visited the centre at around 5pm, as recommended. The lady who ran it gave us a guided tour of the facilities and explained about all the animals that are currently at the center. They have some very rare Margay cats. They also have a...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Wendy140361
Reviewed May 16, 2017 via mobile

I would highly recommend this to visitors who would love to see local wildlife. Certain animals will not be seen on your visit as this is a refuge and most animals are rehabilitated and released back into their natural habitat. The woman who runs this...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Dalejrfan-74
Reviewed February 22, 2017

The staff really care for the animals they are housing here. It was also appreciated that they let us return to see the animals days after our first visit.

Date of experience: February 2017
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