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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

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Nosara, Costa Rica
+506 8413 8889
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Educational Visit

My husband and I love animals, so we scheduled an excursion to Sibu during our recent trip to... read more

Reviewed May 12, 2017
Julia A
A good cause but not a good tour

As much as I was impressed with the care the sanctuary is providing , the tour itself was presented... read more

Reviewed May 10, 2017
Rochester, New York
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SIBU Sanctuary is located in Santa Marta - 3.3 miles from the north entrance to Playas de Nosara and 15 + minutes from Playa Guiones. 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. Please note that we are NOT a petting zoo. These animals are all slated to be returned back into the wild. No interaction is allowed. Our facilities include a non-primate / quarantine habitat, two 70ft.X75ft habitats, three stories tall encompassing trees, with movable walls to adapt to any enclosure requirement and a new 2 1/2 story tall, Step Out Habitat with movable walls.. . We offer Up Close and Personal Educational visits by ADVANCE RESERVATION only.We cater to adults who wish to know more about the plight of Costa Rica's arboreal wildlife with the effect of man's encroachment into their habitat. Children are welcome but must be supervised and at least 5 years old. Visit our web site to learn more about our Educational Visits, participate in our Adopt-A-Monkey Program, inquire about becoming a volunteer or find out how you can make a difference by making a 501(C)3 donation. Thank you all so very much!
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Nosara, Costa Rica
+506 8413 8889
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Reviewed May 12, 2017

My husband and I love animals, so we scheduled an excursion to Sibu during our recent trip to Nosara. Sibu was awesome and the tour was very educational. I am happy we were able to support the cause that founder Vicki Coan started, the Stop...More

Thank Julia A
Reviewed May 10, 2017 via mobile

As much as I was impressed with the care the sanctuary is providing , the tour itself was presented on a level of a first grader. Plus the tour was continuing being interrupted by late arrivers. I am not sure what previous reviewers found so...More

1  Thank drmolar2016
Reviewed April 4, 2017

If you'd like to learn about monkeys in the area, plus other wildlife, plants, traditions, etc., this is a great tour. Inspiring team with powerful lessons of love and survival! Yes, expensive; yes, worth every penny.

Thank ScrappyTraveler2016
Reviewed March 10, 2017 via mobile

The many reviews say it all. Just chiming in. This place will stay with you. The owners are true heroes. We learned a lot.

Thank Debra S
Reviewed March 10, 2017 via mobile

We had a great time viewing Nosara wildlife at the Sanctuary. Wonderful organization, hands on staff & a must visit in Nosara. Support their excellent cause with your visit or donation!🐒

Thank kris363636
Reviewed February 25, 2017

It's a beautiful area and it does wonderful work rehabilitating injured and sick Howler monkeys and releasing them back to the wild.

Thank dparfitt
Reviewed February 20, 2017

Vicky and her volunteers are doing a beautiful job caring for Howler Monkeys, and other animals, that would otherwise surely die. The best part is that the sanctuary has a focus on getting these amazing creatures living independently in the wild, again. It is a...More

Thank mistymiller140
Reviewed February 4, 2017

Vicki and her team are an inspiration. The care and rehabilitation of the animals is incredible. Her tour, generous sharing, video, and explanations were the best. We learned so much about Howler Monkeys and other wildlife in Costa Rica from this tour.

Thank Judyravenbear
Reviewed February 1, 2017 via mobile

Although it is quite pricey, it was worth every penny. Vicky was a lovely host throughout the whole visit and we still cannot believe she have that much energy at her age. Her installations are modest and the work she do is quite remarkable. I...More

Thank SamuelHarvey
Reviewed January 13, 2017

We loved loved our tour of SIBU! Vicky (the owner) and Deb (volunteer) gave us such a cool tour. We learned about how Vicky and her husband bought the land with their own funds (about 25 years ago) and have since poured all of their...More

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Brandi J
September 29, 2016|
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Response from SIBU_Sanctuary | Property representative |
Yes, you'll need reservations. Please go to our web site, click on "Visit SIBU", then fill out the visitors' request form. We'll reply within 24 / 48 hrs. OK?
June 26, 2016|
Response from sle3364 | Reviewed this property |
It is a wonderful place to visit (and the daily fee is well justified) but I cannot imagine that they would take a day volunteer. The visitor fees help support their great work and I expect it would take much more than a day... More
May 23, 2016|
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Response from kdunphy709 | Reviewed this property |
Based on a google search you are a good couple of hours drive away from Nosara which is your closest community. I would suggest contacting your hotel to discuss logistics. Roads and driving conditions are not good in many... More