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Simon Bolivar Parque Zoologico y Jardin Botanico Nacional

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Address: | From Morazán Park, 300 meters north and 175 meters northeast., San Jose 1000, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
+506 2256 0012
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 3:30 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Zoo and Botanical Garden National Simon Bolivar, in Costa Rica, is the...

The Zoo and Botanical Garden National Simon Bolivar, in Costa Rica, is the traditional zoo in the country. It is located in an area of ​​2 acres in downtown San Jose, embellishing the capital city thanks to the reforestation of forest cover. It has 300 individuals from 60 different species, most belonging to the Costa Rican biodiversity.

Currently works facility improvements are made, in particular animal enclosures and hiking path visitors.

It has the most advanced clinical veterinary healthcare Costa Rica, as well as preparation of safe food to provide quality food for all individuals living in the park.

It also has the most comprehensive program of environmental education in the country, aimed at pre-school, primary and secondary. Promotes processes of scientific research institutions and national and international universities.

The animals found at the Zoo are seizures made by government authorities or voluntary surrenders, which by their condition and not be returned to nature.

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small but nice

it is a small zoo but quaint. lots of birds as you would expect. a few large animals. beautiful area. worth the time to visit an hour or so

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 25, 2016
Fort Worth, Texas
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Enderby, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Kinda sad little zoo but some interesting creatures here if you don't mind them caged up...Some light snacks and drinks served. Saw a very sad sloth living in an enclosure with no trees!

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Monterey, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

The Simon Bolivar Parque Zoo was closed when I attempted to visit. The main steel gates were chained and pad-locked shut, with other entrances also closed. No staff were on site to give any advice as to when the zoo would be open again. I visited around 1.30pm and spent approximately 30 minutes ascertaining the zoos status as open or... More 

Thank Fadamos
Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2016

it is a small zoo but quaint. lots of birds as you would expect. a few large animals. beautiful area. worth the time to visit an hour or so

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 355 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

The zoo is small in size and the enclosures themselves were very small as well. This made the experience a little hard for me. Good points though, not too many people visiting so it was not crowded around the animals and the stroll through the zoo was peaceful.

Thank Chr15t1n3
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

Many of the enclosures in this zoo are unacceptable. The poor sloth had not a single tree to climb on and was desperately trying to reach branches through the bars of its cage. Some of the enclosures were so so but what really was horrendous about this zoo was the lion enclosure. Tiny, concrete, very little shelter in the enclosure... More 

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Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016 via mobile

I think we were the only people at the zoo yesterday morning and we had the zoo all to ourself. It is a nice quiet green space in the middle of busy urban San Jose. The living spaces of the jaguar and the lion are deplorable. On the flip side, I have never been so close to the king of... More 

1 Thank Heatherheather N
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2016

We had a day to kill until we had to leave Costa Rica, and saw this zoo close by. It was about $5 a person, so we decided to check it out. It wasn't bad for the price you pay per person, however, when you look at the animals conditions, it is very heartbreaking. You can see the lion's bones... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2016

Went there with my kid (9) on a Saturday morning. It's rainy season, so it's good to get your outdoor stuff over in the morning, and this fit the bill. It's a pretty small facility (we saw the whole thing in an hour) that seems a generation back in zoo style. I think it serves its purpose of providing an... More 

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Ventimiglia, Italian Riviera
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2016

The feel is that much has to be done, but the approach is correct and there is evidence of the efforts being done. When we visited, the garden and zoo were undergoing big revamping and maintenance jobs. Many areas were either closed or minimized. On the other hand, both animals and plants were carefully posted with careful, clear identification, description... More 

1 Thank Pier G
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2016

I hear this zoo is to close and that is the feel it exudes. The animals and birds actually looked in OK condition but most cages too small and with no or very limited enrichment opportunities for the animals. Ridiculously cheap entrance fee and mainly locals on the day I went. It represents what zoos used to be and most... More 

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