Zoo Ave, Alajuela

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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. Put Zoo Ave into our Alajuela trip builder website to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Alajuela.
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  • Costa Rican friends thought we might like this facility and they were right. They breed birds and other animals for release into the wild. With all the birds and animals being feed in the cages the ar...  more »
  • We were arriving, guarded parking is reassuring for luggage, especially as we were leaving for two months. very friendly staff. the proximity of the birds makes you want to touch.
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  • Children will enjoy the proximity to the animals, unfortunately in a cage. Tyrolean activity, recess with supplement, is pretty cool.
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  • Please like my review if you found it helpful. Its so sad to say that going to visit this zoo was more entertaining and much more eventful then going to Manuel Antonio. I know its a zoo, you're expected to see animals, but in my opinion, it was the icing on the cake. We saw amazing birds, parrots, toucans, iguanas, monkeys, turtles, snakes, wild cats and 2 sloths. Its completely outdoors, very clean and very friendly staff. We did the whole tour slowly which took us about 2 hours walking slowly. They also have ziplines available and is a great introduction to ziplining if you never did it before. The park is very affordable $20 per adult and i cant remember, but it was cheaper for the kids. At the end there is a ice cream shop and also a restaurant. So its not Manuel Antonio and it does not have beaches of Manuel Antonio but it does have animals to see.
  • I really enjoyed venturing through this park. There’s many different species here but they have large, caged environments (which is great) but it’s difficult to see everything. The park is easy to navigate. Expect to spend up to an hour here. This park supports the conservation of wildlife in Costa Rica, which is hugely important so please take some time to visit!
  • Zoo Ave a nice zoo that is good for the full family. The zoo is a nice size and makes for a nice half-day trip if you're in the area. There is a great selection of animals here including monkeys, birds, reptiles, and lots more. Zoo Ave is definitely worth checking out for any animal fans.
  • Interesting array of animals indigenous to Costa Rica. These are all rescued animals. They are kept in very large enclosures simulating their natural environment. Worth the look.
  • Good price and beautiful place. The most important thing is the fact that they are not a zoo, but a rescue center. They have great numbers of animals reintroduced to the wild.
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