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Zoo Ave, Alajuela
(4.3/5 based on 460+ reviews on the web)
Visit an important conservation project and animal education facility at Zoo Ave. Founded in the late 1980s, the center has grown over time to admit the thousands of orphaned, injured, and confiscated animals that arrive at its doors each year. Walk along the wooden tracks through areas of tall bamboo, seeing the critters in large enclosures or roaming freely through the park (iguanas, for instance, not lions). The park doesn't purchase any animals, and after rehabilitation, or when the numbers of an endangered species are high enough, it reintroduces them to the wild. The success of the facility is evident in their rebuilding of the numbers of endangered animals, with over 300 great curassows, two separate troops of spider monkeys, and over 300 scarlet macaws bred onsite since it opened. Arrange to visit Zoo Ave and other attractions in Alajuela using our Alajuela trip itinerary maker.
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  • A nice surprise this zoo. We see close this exceptional wildlife (not always easy to see during the stay) in a lush Park. We ate on the spot, the visit cost us $10. Good to pass the time before making the return flight
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  • This Zoo is very beautiful, especially for families and spend a pleasant day in contact with nature. You can see an excellent care of the animals, however the price of admission is a bit exaggerated, however it is comprendible that the keeping of the animals is expensive
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  • While visiting Zoo Ave with a 2 and a 6 year old girl and boy, the basic, simple but yet easy to follow layout of the property, made it easy for adults to follow and interpret the different species on...  more »
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  • This is a beautiful zoo that you should plan to visit. It hosts many Costa Rican and regional animals. It is clean and well maintained. The cost for foreigners is $15. It will take about 2 to 3 hours to go through. There is a nice little dining area and ZipLine that you can fly over several animal enclosures.
  • What a great day in the zoo in Costa Rica. If you can't make it ti a rain forest you won't be disappointed going here.
  • Beautiful tropical gardens which make the place worth a visit all of their own. Add to that the lovely animals. A small zoo but one well worth taking your time to observe and enjoy all the animals.
  • Best to plan to arrive on a weekday at opening hours: the whole zoo is yours. Weekend trips are packed with hundreds of people. The stories behind the animals is mind blowing.
  • Buen sitio para pasar un rato relajado, caminar entre vegetación, animales en cautiverio q ellos cuidan y crían para reinsertarlos.