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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
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8:00 am - 3:30 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
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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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GoogleMaps and Tripadvisor have this in the wrong spot!

Take note, the entrance to the zoo is NOT where it appears on the map! It will take you to CALLE 11 but you need to enter from AV 11 off Calle 7. We wound up in a very odd part... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Leigth M
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Los Angeles, California
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Port Moody, Canada
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Please do not support this zoo. I went and first saw sloth in a very small enclosure. Not even a tree for him to be in. The jaguar looks to be physically ill and walks his cage in circles. This is not good. And I burst out crying when I saw the lion in an even smaller and dark enclosure.... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I read the other reviews and they were fairly mixed between good and bad. This zoo was alright. I was looking for something to do and the zoo was very close to the hotel. I decided to walk over and I wasn't disappointed. It was cheap to get in and the animals were ok. It wasn't crowded but it was... More 

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Harlech, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Avoid at all costs. I still feel like a monster for giving my money to this place. The animals are in extremely small enclosures, most are dirty and overgrown. There is little information. The tip of the iceberg was the jaguar....untill i saw the lion. Its left a real sour taste in my mouth. If you like animals i suggest... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take note, the entrance to the zoo is NOT where it appears on the map! It will take you to CALLE 11 but you need to enter from AV 11 off Calle 7. We wound up in a very odd part of town, clearly lost and were suddenly swarmed by people asking us if we were looking for the zoo.... More 

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1 Thank Leigth M
Newton, Massachusetts
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221 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

This was the perfect stop for our family when we had a few hours to kill in San Jose. There is a big sign at the front telling you that all the animals are rescue animals, and while the habitats aren't huge, the animals seem to be well taken care of. It probably takes about 1-2 hours to walk around... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This park needs a little(a lot) of updates. It is a good place to see a lot of the birds and animal that in danger to vanish from Costa Rica if we don't take care of the environment.

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Thank erika a
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

This zoo is a bit cramped for large carnivores, especially the cats, but lots of construction going on while were there, so hopefully lions will get a better place soon. We appreciated being to preview the wildlife we soon saw in the wild in Monteverde and Manuel Antonio. Great tropical fruit cup available for purchase.

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Thank Laura B
San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I was impressed of the numerous variety of animals they have despite that the place is not too big. Plus this is located on the heart of the city. It's a decent one or more kilometer walkf from the center of the city. The place close at 4:30PM so you have to be there at least 2PM the latest if... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

While the animals all looked healthy it reminded us of the very old fashioned zoo with very small cages. The crying and pacing of one the big cats made us almost cry. Not recommended.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

This zoo is pleasant to walk through, but many of the animals are difficult to see because they are nocturnal, or are behind black mesh screens. At c2.500 it is not expensive.

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