The Monkey Farm, Playa Ocotal

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#39 of 71 in Parks in Province of Guanacaste
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  • to visit we saw what they do we go there every year with different groups of friends of green and animals
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  • It was a nice visit and the cost makes it worth seeing. We loved watching the monkey play with the other baby animals.  more »
  • As we quickly learned, animal farm wasn’t really titled such because of monkeys. It was more of a communal with volunteers to help around, cleaning and picking up debris. Farm-type animals, goats, rab...  more »
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  • The Monkey farm brings unique experiences to all that goes there. Their love, and care for animals is tops. Their program for handicapped children has humbled me as a volunteer, and a human being. Love Love Love!!
  • My friend and I applied to volunteer here months before coming to Costa Rica from the US. We agreed to fundraise and together fundraised over $2000! Days before our flight to Costa Rica Vicki told us we hadn't raised enough money and that we couldn't come. She happily took all our money and then cut off all communication. DO NOT go here! It is a scam, and upon more research, it looks like what they are doing is ILLEGAL.
  • I spent 6 months as a volunteer at the Monkey Farm. Illegal practices, dangerous situations for the volunteers (leading horseback riding tours without any insurance, using a chainsaw without any protection, non sanitary living conditions...). Volunteers are working, feeding the animals, cleaning, cooking, making the dishes by themselves, for the responsable that spends her days in her house in front of her computer. There is no employee and no professional. I've seen terrible situations with the animals (dead animals and starving animals) and lived a couple of hard times as a volunteer. I ended up my stay in Costa Rica at the tribunal, and denunciated everything in front of the Judge, the owner and her lawyer. A process is started. You can find my whole testimony on "the monkey farm reviews" FB page. NB: the owner can well say anything about me, all the people that lived with me know that I don't take any drug. This comment is a written proof of her endless lies.
  • My boyfriend and I were traveling around Costa Rica and spent a few days in Playas del Coco. While we were there, we met some other tourists who had visited The Monkey Farm and got to play with some baby monkeys a few days before. We thought that sounded fun so we went out to The Monkey Farm the next morning. When we first got to the farm we walked up to the visitor entrance and were greeted by no one. There was no bell or anything to signal that we were there. After a few minutes of waiting a volunteer greeted us. He said he had only been at the farm one day so he had to get someone else who had been there longer. After waiting a few more minutes, another volunteer showed up and we began the tour. We saw pigs, goats, chickens, turkeys and horses but there were no monkeys to be seen anywhere. At one point the volunteer said, "Maybe the monkeys will be out today," but when we didn't see any she quickly moved us on to the next part of the tour. While we were there, an official looking white truck pulled up and two uniformed men asked for the owner. They were looking for something as the owner showed them around with a stressed look on her face. Eventually we saw them take something from the farm in a nondescript brown box. Since we didn't see any monkeys, the tour was really short and it was over in about 30 minutes. They asked us to sign our names and the city we were visiting from in their guestbook. As we were waiting for a taxi to come pick us up, we saw all the volunteers huddled around a table with the owner. Everyone had solemn looks on their faces. One more volunteer rode up on horseback and asked them, "Did we get any new monkeys?" The owner's answer was a firm, "No." We thought all of this was rather odd, so we did more research after our visit. We found a Facebook page called "The Monkey Farm Reviews." We found out that this farm does not have any permits to care for monkeys and is running many of its operations illegally, including their horse rides. We saw pictures of monkeys that had been at the farm in February, but where are they now? I think the people in the truck were officials coming to confiscate monkeys, as it sounds like that happens at this farm often. Don't waste your time supporting this illegal business. Not only are they lying to the visitors coming through, the experience isn't worth it anyway.​
  • 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.
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