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“So much fun with Stephen as our guide”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Arenal Eco Zoo

Arenal Eco Zoo
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Saint Louis, Missouri
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“So much fun with Stephen as our guide”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

We visited the EcoZoo after ziplining at SkyAdventures Arenal for the morning - an afternoon thunderstorm made for the perfect visit to the ecozoo; we first ate a delicious late lunch in the terrace restaurant - really lovely - saw wild toucans fly above us, and lots of humming birds! Then we had a guided tour by Stephen ( not sure if I spelled that right) , who is doing an internship there - so he doesn't even get paid! - and he was a great tour guide - so knowledgeable about all the animals of Costa Rica - He even knew a lot about the insects and frogs! And best of all we got to hold the famous red eyed tree frog plus a few other snakes and got to see the weekly feeding of the Boa and the poisonous Bush viper. It is much bigger than it looks from outside -- even though the tour was supposed to take an hour or so, we were so into it that I believe we were there almost 3 hours! I was looking forward to visiting but can honestly say it was even better than expected. A great way to see many of the animals up close that you probably won't easily see in nature ( although we did see one eyelash viper at the eco walk at Sky adventures right along the trail).

Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2014

We had a rainy morning and visited the ecozoo. Staff are passionate about their animals and friendly. If it's quiet well worth doing with a tour as they'll let you hold the animals which was a unique experience!

Also a great hammock in the waiting area!

Visited March 2014
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“Get to handle the animals”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2014 via mobile

This zoo only makes sense to visit if you love snakes and frogs. I do. When looking in the glassed enclosures at first, we didn't see anything. It takes some searching to see the camouflaged animals. Hiding in bamboo tubes, or under dry leaves. The guide uses a flashlight, which works very well to see them. Guides are available in English or Spanish.
The guide helped us to identify, via a picture we had taken, a venomous snake that had come into our home, and subsequently died.
Butterflies are an advertised feature. There was only one that I saw. The guide mentioned the reason, which I don't recall.
Best part, getting to handle a snake and a red eyed tree frog.
The guide put a glass frog on the window so we could see its insides.
Some animals are donations from those that had them as pets and for what ever reason needed to find them a new home.
I found it interesting to learn that they do a catch and release program. Even for venomous snakes. As they breed and acquire babies, they release the "extras" back into the eco-system.

Visited April 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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“AWESOME tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2014

Had such a great experience at this place! Very knowledgable tour guide who could answer every question I had...in English! They offer an amazing array of snakes (even poisonous!) and you get to hold some (non-poisonous!). Spiders and frogs and butterflies too. It was a great tour! But a bit expensive in my opinion...

Visited March 2014
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Charlotte
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“Fabulous experience, good value, lots of hands-on activities, free tour with guide”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

we had an excellent time on this tour. our tour guide spoke excellent English and really do the place well. Our son got to handle several snakes and a red eyed tree frog. The place was very clean it did not smell like mani reptile houses. Would highly recommend to anybody in the area.

Visited March 2014
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