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“May 2014 visitor”

Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary
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$129.00*
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Half-Day Highlights and Culture of Costa Rica...
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Owner description: We are a wildlife rescue center and sea turtle program. We work through volunteering.In general, we expect volunteers to become a willing part of the Rescue Center team and to take an integral part in the day-to-day operations of the Center. We also expect that, barring physical limitations, all volunteers take an equal part in performing all tasks at the Center regardless of background, training or educational level. At times there is a lot of work, especially during the cruise line tour season since many of the animals are confiscated during this time. Animals in Costa Rica are still used as tourist attractions.In addition, volunteers are encouraged to develop their own individual projects
Reviewed May 15, 2014

This was a life changing trip! It was so hands on. There wasn't a single day where I wasn't taking care of the animals and we were busy with work and stimulated by solving problems for the animals (such as figuring out how to rehabilitate a squirrel into the wild). It was fairly rustic but the washrooms were beautiful. I only went for a week because of my scheduling but I would have loved to go for at least another 2 weeks to do the weekly trips and really get to work and learn about more animal species. There are more sloths than other animals but there is quite the variety and it changes weekly with new arrivals and the recovered leaving. Overall I would recommend this to a single traveler who speaks Spanish, a small group of friends, or a family with kids all over 16. There is a wide variety of people there as well from all over the world. The two most spoken languages are english and spanish.

4  Thank LeahFlanagan
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Reviewed May 5, 2014

Had the best time ziplining. This was a first time experience and I enjoyed it immensely. Felt really safe with at lest 3 attachments and lots of guides on the trip. Scenery was beautiful. Once you are up there, it doesn't matter whether you are 20' or 150' in the air when you are up there, you are up there.

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Reviewed May 1, 2014

This small independent sanctuary houses a good number of birds, monkeys, sloths, and other random creatures. Many of these animals were taken from neglectful owners or unable to fend for themselves in the wild. Unlike a zoo, there aren't many visitors which is what makes this a great stop - most of them are also free to wander in a rainforest-like environment. Many of the staff are researchers or students and they give an explanation of each animal - they do a fantastic job of this. The best part is when you get to interact. We got to hold a sloth and a baby spider monkey climbed up onto my shoulders. Later on, there was a toucan sitting on a hand rail less than a foot from me. It's one thing to do a tour where you see animals in their natural habitat 50 feet away and it's another to interact and see them up close.

The place itself isn't that big - it took about an hour to fully tour the place. The pathways are dirt in some places and a planked boardwalk in others so it may not be the easiest if you have mobility limitations. I had a fantastic time here and it was the highlight of our stop in this area.

6  Thank icedtee
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Reviewed April 28, 2013

This was a little Sanctuary with a mix of animals from this region. Sloths, monkeys, birds. Very nice place. Rainforest and butterfly area. All within one area. Easy walking. take raingear. Wear sneakers.

5  Thank semiretired52
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

A must do if you are in Costa Rica.
A family run sanctuary, all very knowledgable, great fun to get so close to the animals and see the great work the family are doing to return these animals to the wild and also see the excellent work they are doing to educate the local children.

A real highlight of our cruise.

3  Thank Bob P
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