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Zoo Ave, Alajuela

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Zoo / Aquarium
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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  • If you want to just take a leisurely walk and take pictures with animals, this is your place. The animals are well taken care of and have lots of room to run. The monkeys are so curious and like to wa...  more »
  • Zoos can be interesting and yet quite sad. This place is a joy because the animals are often rescue survivors and the setting is very attractively laid out. They seemed to apologize for the cost, but ...  more »
  • This is an ideal family excursion for all ages. Zooave is a special kind of "zoo" in that the animals have been rescued from injuries and illness and are helped and protected until that they can be re...  more »
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  • We loved getting to experience this zoo/animal rehabilitation center. I went with my almost-3 year old and my 2 month old. There were roaming peacocks and lizards, extensive trails to explore, and almost no one else in sight (we went as soon as it opened). Great for families. Delicious ice cream. Plenty of spots to sit for a rest.
  • Fantastic day for the whole family. So much to see, learn and discuss. Everyone from my 3 yr old nephew to my 70 yr old father had a terrific time, and felt great about supporting a wildlife rescue facility rather than a traditional zoo. Also, the restaurant is very good. Stop for dessert on your way out!
  • Me my lady friend and son went to the Alajuela Zoo last Sunday we had a nice time had lunch A Day to Remember
  • Easy to get around. Not too far to walk, Shaded areas most of the way, saw lots of local animals. Lots of animals released into the wild, your visit helps.
  • Great zoo with birds, monkeys, turtles and many other animals. Most of the walking areas are shaded by trees, which makes it cool.