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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. Arrange to visit Zoo Ave and other attractions in Alajuela using our Alajuela trip itinerary maker.
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  • If you want to hedge your bet and don't get to see a macaw, a toucan or a capuchin monkey... in the wild while visiting Costa Rica, stop here first. The birds and animals you see at Zoo Ave are being ...  more »
  • We went as part of a multi-day tour. Lots of native and exotic animals. Staff helped us see the sloth which was in the tree tops. Nice film at the end. They are in the process of building wildlife hos...  more »
  • It is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and have a close contact with nature, afford to part with the environment, its flora and fauna. Ideal for travelling with children and to awaken environmental awareness.
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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.