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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  • We took the bus from Alajuela to Zoo Ave one afternoon for a very enjoyable half day trip. There were many species of birds and other animals native to Costa Rica and the interpretation was pretty goo...  more »
  • visited the zoo with kids aged 2, 4, 6. They enjoyed the visit a lot and "discovered" many animals, mainly birds but also reptiles and somr mammals. Not all enclosures maybe met latest standards (e.g....  more »
  • You can enjoy a relaxing space family. In addition to the tour to learn about all the animals that are found in the ZooAve, there is much greenery space to hang out and rest
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  • 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.
  • Perfect place to experience the pure beauty of costa rica and it’s wild life. The nature is unbelievably amazing and it’s kid friendly. The animals interact with u and are exited to see u witch I have never seen before! U can also pay a small addition Cost to go zip lining across and around the zoo with animals by your side. I would give it a 5 star but it does have a small lack of animals and could have a bit more, other then that it’s a great place to visit.
  • Nice zoo. They have some animals wonder around freely and some are caged up. Nice place to visit when you get a chance.
  • Nice smaller sized zoo. You can do a nice paced walk through in about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. They have zipplining (canopy) rides for about $24 USD.

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