Refugio Zoologico, Samaipata

3.7
#4 of 13 in Parks in Santa Cruz Department
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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  • July 27, 2017
    We were very pleasantly surprised by this animal refuge. Having volunteered at a similar place ourselves we understand that there are a lot of challenges facing these kinds of places - predominantly f...  more »
  • June 24, 2017
    There is nothing fancy about this place, and after less than an hour, you have seen all there is to be seen. This place is run by dedicated volunteers that care very well for the animals, and so they ...  more »
  • June 17, 2017
    Beautiful small zoo with some free running around monkeys and horses. Nice course. 20bob entry. Samaipata from ca 30min walk
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  • July 1, 2017
    I was really surprised by this place. I usually never go to zoos but since it's a sanctuary and my 20 bolivianos would do some good I decided to go. It's really nicely set up, a lot of friendly animals walking around who are eager to make contact with you. Look for the nicest pig ever!! People were really friendly and they have a nice little handcraft shop to buy souvenirs!
  • March 30, 2017
    This place is OK, usually maintained by alliens in exchange for food and shelter. They usually need cleaners, electricians and hard workers.
  • September 10, 2016
    Nice place, with some of the animals running free around. Good place to take photos. The entrance fee helps to maintain the place.
  • February 8, 2017
    Great staff and very nice place !!!
  • May 12, 2017
    Jenia

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