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Lovely place to visit local wildlife if you're staying in the area

We were staying nearby in Carrillo Beach for a month, so thought we would visit La Selva Wildlife... read more

Reviewed February 28, 2018
Toby H
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Vancouver, Canada
A great guide

We didn't spend a long time here, but our guide spoke excellent English and also was familiar with... read more

Reviewed February 5, 2018
C L
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San Antonio, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank D9451KZmichaell
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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.

Thank Petercf001
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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 of howling and rabid barking sessions at the slightest provocation. Absolutely no one exercises any restraints on these dogs. When the subject is raised the people are unequivocally rude and insulting. As for their so called zoo. Its a animals in cages for exhibit so these folks can make some easy money. Animals are given the bare essentials for survival and used for revenue. Im surprised Costa Rican government actually license them to operate.

1  Thank resry
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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 the surrounding areas. Although the enclosures are small, the animals are extremely well cared for and most are just being nursed back to health or have been confiscated from exotic pet owners, to be set free into the wild again. The tour was detailed, in good English and you get the impression she really knows her stuff.

Thank Toby H
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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 is a good place to visit.

Thank C L
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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 crocodile, a peccary, a boa constrictor, some iguanas, parrots, squirrels, agoutis, turtles, an owl, a kinkajou and bats.

There were lots of fire ants on the ground and they stung like crazy. Please remember not to wear open toe shoes, or they will bite you!

It is very run down and relies on entrance fees and donations to feed the animals. All these animals will be returned to rewind, so that is really reassuring.

Thank Wendy140361
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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 place is very friendly and full of information, she will first do a tour with you and explain how each animal came into her care and if they will be released. When we were there, she fed the snapping turtle and the kinkajou so we could get some great pictures. After the tour you are free to stay as long as you like and take pictures.
Hats off to this couple for turning their backyard into a sanctuary for rescued and injured animals..keep up the great work...you guys are amazing ❤

Thank Dalejrfan-74
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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.

1  Thank LLetain
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Reviewed February 4, 2017 via mobile

Owner provides good commentary on wildlife. Worth going at feeding times. Entrance fee allows you to return in evening (see nocturnal animals). Nice to see La Selva provides refuge for some endangered species

Thank Mai1960
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Reviewed June 11, 2016

The woman who owned the place was very nice. She gave us a tour and let us hang out for a bit after. There are a lot of animals there that I've never seen in the wild or at zoos. If you go in the middle of the day she says you can come back at dusk and not have to pay extra. We enjoyed our time seeing the bats, alligators, honeybear, and leopards. It's a little pricey, but it looks like all the money goes to the rescue animals any way!

1  Thank zarrah2785
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