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“Experience wildlife up close for a good cause”

SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Nosara
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Reviewed August 25, 2013

We visited the Sibu Refuge and saw the amazing work that Steve and Vicki are doing on behalf of the wildlife of Costa Rica. Steve spent over three hours with us - walking us around the refuge's beautiful grounds, explaining the work that they do to save and care for injured monkeys (and other animals), and taking us through the enclosures where we got to meet many of their adorable rescues. They spent a lot of time educating visitors on the problem of the uninsulated power lines (most of the monkeys end up in their care because they are electrocuted). This is a nonprofit organization that is literally run out of their home, which you'll visit as part of the tour. They desperately need additional funds to keep doing this important work and your contribution for the tour goes straight to caring for the monkeys. Give more if you can!

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Reviewed May 17, 2013

We came to Vicki & Steve's when a baby Pizote was abandoned by his mother and was found by my husband lost, scared and very dehydrated on the long drive up the mountain road to reach our home in a town nearby the reserve. Knowing that we could not keep the adorable and cuddly baby, I hit the Internet in search of help. Nosara Wildlife Rescue was the first I called and from the moment Steve answered the phone, I knew from the tone of his voice we had found a place for "Tamborito". (Yes we named the little guy and fell in love with him instantly). He and Vicki told us how to care for him and the importance of not domesticating him into our home with six dogs. (We knew in our hearts that he did not belong to or with us but babies are just sooo cute!). The following day we were on the road with Tambo in a dog crate to take him to his new home (we own a retreat and had guests so luckily we enjoyed Tambo on borrowed time). Upon meeting them personal and actually seeing the center my heart was at ease knowing that this little lost guy was going to make it...and have a very comfy time until he was able to take on the jungle as a wild animal. Steve gave my husband and I a tour and I was so impressed, what they have created is truly a sanctuary for animals in need. The outdoor living space was huge, the cages were impeccably clean..open and full of natural foliage and places to swing and play. Water pans were full and clean, fruit was fresher than some I have seen in local markets, and there was an over feeling of calm, security and comfort.

Steve & Vicki's knowledge of wildlife was impressive as was their concern for the issues plaguing the local jungle..(humans). Their actions to educate and eradicate the challenges Monkeys..and any critter that struggles with development...are ones that everyone should follow. They work with the problem (again, humans) and not against it and strive to find a balance for all. Their love and commitment to the NWR is the aura that surrounds them and I had no doubt that our little guy was going to be one of the lucky ones.

This is an amazing place run by amazing people with huge hearts. Take the time to visit if you are in the area....we drove two hours to reach them and I would have driven more if needed. This is a place to look, learn and listen. The world needs more people like Steve & Vicki. Thank you both so much for you time and for sharing your amazing place with us. We look forward to updates on Tambo from "Camp Sibu" and will be back for sure! More importantly, we will help spread the word! This is a cause well worth supporting even if you can't stop by.

2  Thank SandpiperCR
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

We braved the 3 hour drive from Playa Grande to visit Sibu Sanctuary. We arrived an hour late having totally misjudged the drive. (I would say...take your time and enjoy the experience. Nosara is a beautiful place and it's not a terrible road!!!!) Steve and Vicky graciously allowed us in and Steve gave each of us a welcoming hug! He showed us the vista of the sanctuary and told us what they do, then took us into his bright and warm home where Vicky was sitting on the couch feeding a baby porcupine! They had an older porcupine sleeping in their cupboard! We were hooked! They are a two man team who are passionate about their quest to eliminate the needless electrocution of monkeys on uninsulated power lines in the jungles. They are trying to get the country to insulate the transformers on all new construction and more. They show a little video and talk about what they are doing, then we were able to meet some of the rehabbing primates! We are respectful of their uphill battle and will continue to try to support them in the states. We were glad our family could meet these people who are really dedicated to the preservation of Costa Rica's unique monkeys. Thanks!

1  Thank Tnsmom2
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

We had the opportunity to visit Sibu Sanctuary and will never forget it ! The tour was entertaining and educational and inspiring in so many ways ! Steve and Vicky were knowledgable and gracious and are doing remarkable work ! The Sibu sanctuary is a must see if you have the opportunity ! Our group include adults and teenagers - note that they don't allow children under the age of 14 ...

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Reviewed March 24, 2013

My trip to Sibu Sanctuary was very special. Steve and Vicki were so friendly, welcoming and full of information! You can tell they are very passionate about what they do. The monkeys were fascinating, and having the opportunity to interact with them was a one of a kind experience. Highly recommend visiting, you'll be supporting a good cause if you do.

3  Thank Rachilli7
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