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Address: La Garita de Alajuela, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506 433 8989

While educating the public about local wildlife, this zoo also breeds...

While educating the public about local wildlife, this zoo also breeds endangered animals for eventual release to the wild.

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Great and short drive from airport

True you have to adjust your mindset that this is an animal rescue place, not a theme park or fancy modern zoo. The admission fee funds their work and it is cheaper for locals... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
David T
Charleston, South Carolina
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Fort Worth, Texas
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123 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

yes, it is a rescue zoo. but $20+ seniors is ridiculous. go next door to cafe david for the same view and have a nice lunch.

Thank TexasTerry_12
Charleston, South Carolina
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

True you have to adjust your mindset that this is an animal rescue place, not a theme park or fancy modern zoo. The admission fee funds their work and it is cheaper for locals because the average income in C.R. is a fraction of us tourists, it is so the locals can afford to have the experience! The place has... More 

Thank David T
San Jose, Costa Rica
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

While visiting Zoo Ave with a 2 and a 6 year old girl and boy, the basic, simple but yet easy to follow layout of the property, made it easy for adults to follow and interpret the different species on display as well as the signage being user friendly. Grecia the Toucan with its man-made 4D beak is a must... More 

Thank Vikings228
Saint Louis, Missouri
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34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

This is an Animal Rescue Group that takes care of injured or abandoned animals that cannot go back into the wild. It's a little expensive but that is how they pay their employees, Dr's, feed the animals & take care of them. Well worth it even for Adults. Take your time, binoculars & enjoy. It's Costa Rica, everything is different... More 

Thank NYE2015
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Went here because it is advertised everywhere, and wished we hadn't. Firstly the advertised entry price is for locals, foreign visitors have to may a fair bit more. Secondly there isn't much here, if you take away all the various monkeys and birds. Thirdly there is a lot of hype surrounding their sloth, but you can't see it, it is... More 

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Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
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9 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

this is a beautitl place where you can see differente kind of animals, with a big parking lot with security. but the most important mission that they do is help animals

Thank aguilarluis21
Colon, Panama
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This was a pretty place. Beautiful flora and fabulous animals. A nice place to take your visitors if you don't want to go all the way to the La Paz Waterfall gardens.

Thank Docrbud01
Atenas, Costa Rica
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35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Zoo Ave has a really cool history and has certainly helped out a lot of animals. However, the price is pretty high, so I will not be visiting again. I do recommend checking out this place, but once is sufficient.

Thank nextstop99
Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica
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140 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

An interesting zoo in a beautiful setting. A nice place to enjoy nature and a colorful atmosphere. Nice place to spend a little time. Educational and informative. Take a leisurely stroll into nature. Calming and interesting.

Thank Franklin S
Sabanilla, Costa Rica
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

All money collected from entry fees go back into the care and release if possible of the parrots and other animals back in to the wild...it is not a zoo,,,it is an animal refuge...well worth your time

Thank Patricia S

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