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Simon Bolivar Parque Zoologico y Jardin Botanico Nacional
Ranked #64 of 119 things to do in San Jose
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
San Jose, Costa Rica
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Cool and Pretty”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

The zoo itself is good, and ocated right in the center of San Jose. It is really pretty and you can observe a wide variety of animals. The only thing I found not that good are the cages. They look small and uncomfortable for the animals

Visited November 2011
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Escazú, Costa Rica
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31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“You calle this a zoo?”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

There is just no way for me to agree with having encaged animals, and this place just happens to be something like "devil's island" for them.

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6 Thank Ticoguide
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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75 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“poor animals.”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

I feel that animals are very nice, and that they should be free. There the have animals, but their space I feel is not enough.

Visited August 2012
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2 Thank andre r
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Providenciales
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A tragic place”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

I was appalled at the way the animals are kept, particularly the pathetic Jaguarundi, elderly jaguar & dreadlocked Lion in their small exposed cages. It should make this country ashamed, with all their hype about protecting & respecting the wildlife this once National treasure of a botanical garden has fallen into desuetude, thoroughly neglected. There is plenty of room to house these animals properly,with the respect they deserve just no budget or will I suppose. It quite ruined my respect for the city of San Jose & its people.

Visited August 2012
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5 Thank laluce81
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Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Very nice”
Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

These zoo it is the only attraction for the costa rica people, it is a good example for the world that no matter how you want a zoo to be it will always be a " carcel " jail for the animals, that is why the ticos don't keep animals for pets, because it is a disgrace.

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