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“Great entertainment for kids !”

La Selva Wildlife Refuge & Zoo
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Owner description: 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 reabilitation, breeding and for future releaseinto the wild.
Vancouver, Canada
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“Great entertainment for kids !”
Reviewed October 30, 2011

One of the great things about Costa Rica is the amazing number of animal species that live there. We had never even heard of a kinkajou, a jaguarundi, or a vampire bat. We were fascinated by the anteater walking around on it's amazing feet and were delighted by the baby howler monkey that followed us around on the tour. We were able to observe up close amazing wild cats and a toucan! The woman who owns La Selva was informative, very generous with her time, and even though the entrance fee seemed steep, the amount of time we spent there and the animals we watched made it SO worth it! We'll definitely go back next year when we go to Samara again.

Visited December 2010
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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“Worth a visit if you're in the area...your donation will go far!”
Reviewed August 12, 2011

My husband and I were staying at the Hideaway Hotel in Playa Samara and saw signs for La Selva Wildlife Refuge. I love animals and have been a volunteer at Proyecto Asis for over a year so whenever we can we visit other wildlife rescues. The rescue is located just past Playa Carrillo and cost 7,000 colones per person ($14). The owner gave us a tour and explained how each of the animals came to them and if they'd be able to be released back into the wild or not. The majority of the animals will be released which I was very happy with. The rescue is not fancy, it's typical of what you see in CR. The animals are all very healthy looking and are well taken care of. Those animals that cannot be released the owner is trying to find other animals to breed them with to help repopulate the species. Overall I definitely recommend taking the time to see the rescue and donate to their worthy cause. :-)

Visited August 2011
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