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Simon Bolivar Parque Zoologico y Jardin Botanico Nacional

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| From Morazán Park, 300 meters north and 175 meters northeast., San Jose 1000, Costa Rica
+506 2256 0012
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A very underwhelming zoo

The zoo itself is small, and I do have to give credit that the animals do not appear to be... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Kevin A
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Mexico City, Mexico
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The animals seem healthy, but the cages and enclosures are reminiscent of XIX c zoos. Small metal... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alejandro Z
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Mexico City, Mexico
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The Zoo and Botanical Garden National Simon Bolivar, in Costa Rica, is the traditional zoo in the country. It is located in an area of ​​2 acres in downtown San Jose, embellishing the capital city thanks to the reforestation of forest cover. It has 300 individuals from 60 different species, most belonging to the Costa Rican biodiversity. Currently works facility improvements are made, in particular animal enclosures and hiking path visitors. It has the most advanced clinical veterinary healthcare Costa Rica, as well as preparation of safe food to provide quality food for all individuals living in the park. It also has the most comprehensive program of environmental education in the country, aimed at pre-school, primary and secondary. Promotes processes of scientific research institutions and national and international universities. The animals found at the Zoo are seizures made by government authorities or voluntary surrenders, which by their condition and not be returned to nature.
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4 Apr 2018
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 15:30
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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| From Morazán Park, 300 meters north and 175 meters northeast., San Jose 1000, Costa Rica
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+506 2256 0012
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Reviewed yesterday

The zoo itself is small, and I do have to give credit that the animals do not appear to be mistreated in any way - which I have seen even at larger zoos. That being said, this isn't really place you should go out of...More

Thank Kevin A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The animals seem healthy, but the cages and enclosures are reminiscent of XIX c zoos. Small metal boxes. Largest animal on exhibition is a jaguar, one of two felines there. Information signs are monolingual. No map is available to guide visitors (although it’s small enough...More

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Reviewed 12 May 2018

I enjoyed a beautiful day at this small but charming biological garden and zoo. The surroundings are lush and tropical. The monkeys seemed content and not stressed. I read that the birds, amphibians and animals at this zoo are not captured in the wild but...More

Thank claire a
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Very small zoo with mostly birds but good frog information and amphibian/reptile section. We visited as nothing else in San Jose was open on Easter Monday and spent an hour wandering. Was very odd seeing animals in captivity that we had just spotted on tours...More

Thank Hannah V
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

I really enjoyed this place in the heart of San Jose. Very quiet place even though in the middle of the city. I enjoyed watching the Monkeys and many of the animals including the Toucans and the Macaws. There were a bunch of turtles on...More

Thank Bob R
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Reviewed 3 February 2018

The zoo is surrounded by trees and there are plenty of seats so when you have finished gazing at the inhabitants find a quiet place to sit and relax. When I visited it was the school holidays but it was not busy. This is also...More

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Reviewed 26 January 2018

The zoo is small but quite well maintained. It is situated in a green area, beside a stream and at the edge of a forest, so the animals are held in a not stressful environs. Especially nice is the ambience of vegetation inside the enclosures...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2018

If you have been eco-adventuring in the wilds of Costa Rica, Simon Bolivar Parque Zoologico will not equal your experience. But it is still a very pleasant small zoo. The enclosures are widely spread and are reached by verdant walkways. The animals appear well cared...More

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Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

This is a very, very small zoo. You will do it justice in under two hours but it will be two very pleasant, relaxed hours and you will feel a long way from the city. A hybrid between zoo and botanical gardens with examples of...More

Thank Helen H
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Fundazoo R, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Simon Bolivar Parque Zoologico y Jardin Botanico Nacional, responded to this reviewResponded 25 January 2018

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

As a local I have visited our zoo over the years with my children and grandchildren. It is centrally located and therefore easy to visit. Unfortunately, by any international standards, it falls short and will cause the tourist to wonder why it continues to exist...More

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Response from claire a | Reviewed this property |
yes but hard to see given the foliage and hiding spots in the enclosure.
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