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The Monkey Farm Reviews
We went to The Monkey Farm expecting to see monkeys. There were no monkeys to be seen because they didn't have proper permits. We did get to pet goats and hold a turkey chick but we could easily see t... more »
The horseback riding is a 4-5 star. It was great. As for everything else, a solid 2 or 3. It’s worth a visit doing the two hour horseback riding. Great views and you head to the beach while riding. Re... more »
Not quite a monkey farm but a lovely place to visit with friendly volunteers. We got up close with two monkeys learnt what they were doing. Nice for an hour or so and the horse rides are apparently gr... more »
Please DO NOT visit the monkey farm. They are not permitted to rehab injured or orphaned wildlife, and animals get confiscated as soon as the authorities are made aware. This had led to them saying that they're not allowed to show the monkeys to tourists because they're not accredited as a zoo. They will most likely ask for extra donations which go to the owner. They will have their monkeys playing with dogs and puppies, which, if they ever would be released, would lead to their death. Please do not support this project.
This is no monkey sanctuary or rescue as she doesn’t have the required permits,nor the knowledge required to run such a place. Please do not support this American scammer but diligent research your option and spend your hard earned vacation money wisely by supporting those who actually do something positive for the Costa Rican wildlife.
Not a monkey farm at all. There was not a single monkey. It's some french kids who have a garden; some goats and some ragged horses. We were shown a real live compost worm mound. We were asked for a donation. When we asked about the monkeys, we were asked in dismay "oh do you want to see monkeys in cages?" After being shamed for expecting to see monkeys at THE MONKEY FARM we left. Don't waste your time.
I spent 4 months living on the farm in my big tent and the relationships that I made with some of the volunteers while I was there are ones that I cherish to this day. At that time it seemed wonderful, there were monkeys and animals everywhere and the volunteers seemed happy working on various projects all over the farm. I would find out a few months later, after leaving my career and home near the beach in San Diego to live and work on the farm full time, that I was wrong about the legitimacy of The Monkey Farm and had been misled in a number of ways. If you are looking to make a difference for wildlife it is my honest opinion that avoiding this place will do just that. The farm may have been a noble pursuit with good intentions at one point, but I firmly believe that it is the farthest thing you could get from a rehabilitation center or place for wildlife and it needs to stop pretending to be one – I saw more death and had to bury more animals while working on that farm than I care to think about. I ended up deleting almost all of the photos that I took while I was there because I felt like it was a farce and for a photographer who loves wildlife that should tell you something about how seriously I feel. The operator of the farm can make some convincing arguments against the negative press out there and goes to great lengths to make it appear everything is okay there, even posting old pictures as new ones on social media and telling tripadvisor admins that ex employees have made negative reviews to get them removed – this was something she personally asked me to do which I refused on moral grounds. All of this negativity can sometimes be easy to ignore when in the back of your head you think you are going to a paradise in Costa Rica, but after a while the truth just can’t and shouldn’t be denied for your own good and safety.
It sounded good, until i arrived. Do NOT sign up for volunteering. They ask for a minimum of 30 days volunteering, & all they want is a free gardener for 30 days. There are NO animals to rescue or help at this location. Don't bother going unless you want to garden for 30 days.
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