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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  • The place is beatifull, you can take a look for jaguars, monkeys, insects, snakes and others The food is great and the waterfalls are amazing Very hightly recommended!  more »
  • we decided to check this out after finding about their incredible effort in reintroducing scarlet macaws in golfo dulce. great work guys!  more »
  • Unlike other so called "sanctuaries" in Costa Rica, this one is truly a rescue project for animals; it has beautiful gardens, a small canopy, environmental education and animals in the most adequate c...  more »
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  • Zoo Ave is a great place to walk and see many birds, reptiles, monkeys, and others. There's a restaurant, a small souvenir's shop and a 3 cables zip Line tour. It's clean, free parking (please tip the security guard ) and affordable entrance fee. The staff members are friendly and professional. The iguanas are HUGE and they roam free. Allocate at least 3 hrs to visit Zoo Ave. You'll see more birds here than at any private bird watching tour!
  • There are many, many species of birds here, all beautiful. There were also several Old World and New World primates. In additional, there were literally hundreds of turtles, a few deer, and even sloths. At the time of our family visit, there were no animals in the nocturnal, jaguar, and cariblanco enclosures. Of great enjoyment were the wandering lizards and peacocks that frequently roamed in front of us. My only complaint is the entrance fee. There are often price differences for nationals and foreigners, but the price difference here was 3 times for a child's ticket. Avoid the on-site restaurant which was also terribly over-priced.
  • Nice park to see some different wild animals, the place is great to spend the morning and it's located in Alajuela but it's near to San José around one hour. The place is great but I visited some years ago and there is not changes. Besides I consider the price of entrance it's so expensive. You can see here a lot of birds, wild cats, monkeys, a crocodile and other animals.
  • Small zoo, can be seen in less than 2 hours. My family has been to this zoo several times and always loved it. It's good for all ages - teens love it too. Entrance is a bit pricey.
  • Love this place! Such a tranquil setting in the jungle with lots of up close animal encounters. A great way to spend the afternoon with the family. Highly recommend!
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