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Refugio Zoologico, Samaipata
(3.2/5 based on 50 reviews on the web)
Primarily a volunteer-run rescue center for endangered animals, Refugio Zoologico offers the opportunity to see animals in ethical captivity in a family-friendly environment. Observe several varieties of birds, monkeys, and big cats at the refuge, with the chance to have a more direct interaction with a select few of the animals. While some may be disappointed by the refuge's relatively small size compared to other zoos, it is important to remember that this is primarily a shelter. Plan to see Refugio Zoologico and other attractions that appeal to you using our Samaipata vacation planner.
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  • I went to only visit the animal shelter. There are a lot of animals that are collected here as most come from the black market! There are volunteers who take care of them, very well! They need us. And there is no veterinarians in the region for them so if you want to lend a hand, it's not denial I think! Admission is 20 bolivianos. Unfortunately for me, a person of the site asked me 30 Bolivianos and it is only after that the it was confirmed that it was 20 Bob. Despite this, I keep a beautiful image of the site which is well laid out!
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  • It is a joy to walk among the animals that you would like to see released and know the reasons why they are there. Collected wild animals seized in customs by smuggling, injured animals or people who buy them puppies and then cannot be with them. It's great, and the monkeys are very friendly. Recommended 100%.
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  • My wife and daughters have now visited 3 times. I finally made it with them (and a group of friends that were visiting from the US) this last time. The place is a little "tired". It could use some gen...  more »