Monkey Park, Tamarindo

3.6
#12 of 18 in Wildlife in Tamarindo
Give something back to Costa Rican wildlife while learning more about endangered animals at Monkey Park, a refuge center for sick and injured wild animals. Monkey species, including spider monkeys, share a home with marmosets, macaws, and ocelots at this facility. What the park lacks in terms of bells and whistles, it compensates for in goodwill, putting all proceeds towards maintenance of this vital wildlife rescue center. While the park is nonprofit and pro animal welfare, the sight of creatures in enclosed cages may still upset some people. A visit to Monkey Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Tamarindo trip itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • This sanctuary is only a few minutes from Tamarindo, and well worth an hour or more of your time. Upon arrival, we were met by our volunteer/guide Nancy and her little canine sidekick Zeus. A full exp...  more »
  • If you're expecting a zoo you will be disappointed. This is a small sanctuary helping animals in need of rehabilitation. Most are healed and released back into the wild. A $15. donation is required al...  more »
  • We enjoyed our visit. They clearly care about the animals! We enjoyed the stories about the animals and their attempts to release them.  more »
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  • I loved the talking parrots!! The entrance is kinda pricey (15$ US) but since its a not for profit benefiting injured animals its okay. The ladies who greeted us spoke great English and were super friendly and eager to tell us more about the animals. However the info cards by the cages dont have much details and some of it is only in spanish. There is also fences (chicken coop) that keep you from getting too close to the animals, its ok for safety I guess but you cant get good photos. Oh and the restaurant was closed cause it was Wednesday which was a bummer.
  • What an amazing place! The animals were very cool to see and hear, and they take great care of them. Your money is really going towards a great cause when you visit.
  • Hidden gem with spectacular animals in rehabilitation. Some were injured and nursed back to health, while others found a new home here due to previous careless owners. This is a non-profit sanctuary, so don't expect a typical zoo experience. Definitely worth a visit as you take a break from the beach. Don't forget mosquito repellent!
  • Stopped by randomly on the way to Avellanas and so glad we did! Was one of the highlights of our trip. Beautiful area, beautiful animals, and the staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. This is a must see for anyone in the area.
  • Rumor has it they're keeping these animals as an attraction, not aiding them back to their natural habitat. A lot of the animals looked cooped up and not very happy.

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