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“Disappointing” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge

Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #15 of 45 things to do in Boquete
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Jungla de Panama is a wildlife sanctuary that cares for and rehabilitates dozens of indigenous animals in a visitor-friendly, educational environment. Open daily from 10am-3pm. Located 10 minutes outside Boquete in the cloud forest of Palmira. ***AND DON'T FORGET*** You can also stay with us! Accommodations and on site restaurant available.
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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246 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2013 via mobile

Unfortunately, I felt disappointed with this refuge as the lad that showed us around seemed reluctant to tell us much information about the animals and was persistently texting on his phone! We had to keep asking questions to find out any information about the animals and when I did ask, everything seemed rather vague. I was also shocked that he turned on the hose pipe to presumably scare the monkey back into its cage, as the monkey already appeared to be in a distressed state.

When I asked if they thought the spider monkey (which he said had already been there 3 years) could ever be re-released into the wild, he simply replied 'I dunno, we'd have to think about it'. I was surprised that he didn't express more knowledge about the rehabilitation of the animals.

I thought that perhaps it was because we came on a Sunday, which seems to be a big day for expats to enjoy a beer and some live music (in their beautifully painted bar!) but my friend had called in the week to confirm that we'd be ok to visit on Sunday, so I had expected a willing member of staff to share the animals' stories with us.

It would also have been nice to meet the owners of the refuge and hear a little more about the history and how they work with the animals to rehabilitate them. Considering all the excellent reviews, I'm hoping we just came on an 'off day'!

Visited November 2013
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English first
Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013

after a bad first month staying in panama, I came to Jungla and stayed/lived in the apartment for 1 month. it was so WONDERFUL! the people are so nice and very helpful! it was a clean, secluded, quiet place to stay. and the people speaking English is a breath of fresh air if you don't speak Spanish (which i don't). This place is a must because the people are very passionate about helping the animals and the food at the restaurant is delicious!

Visited November 2013
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Thank Sami W
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menageriemama, Owner at Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review, 7 November 2013
Thank you! Glad that we could make your experience in Panama a little better!
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61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nothing there”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2013 via mobile

We walked in... There are a couple cages with 3 monkeys, parrots, a couple boas, chickens, and a rabbit. Nobody there. Door was open. Donation box right in front, but no people. Maybe we were too early (9am) but there weren't any signs telling us hours. Spent 10 minutes and left. Disappointing after all the rave reviews. Skip it.

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menageriemama, Owner at Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review, 7 November 2013
If you came on November 4th, then you came on a holiday in Panama, which is Flag day and most businesses are closed which explains why no one was there to greet you. Otherwise we are always around to greet people and give tours.
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Lexington, Kentucky
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74 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Nice way to spend a couple of hours, and a good cause”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2013 via mobile

We had a free afternoon while in Bouquet, so we decided to visit this nature preserve. Its not a huge place, but you can easily spend a couple of hours. In addition to the nature preserve they have a hostel and a restaurant/bar.

Everyone was very friendly and helpful. You actually get to interact with the animals. You can feed them all, and some you can even hold. I loved getting to touch the monkeys and birds. Overall it was a good time.

We did not get a chance to eat at their restaurant, but we did have a couple of drinks. The bartender was funny, and the drinks were good.

Visited September 2013
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menageriemama, Owner at Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review, 9 September 2013
Thank you for your kind review! We're glad you enjoyed your time here!
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Excellent Project amazing to get up close to the monkeys!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2013 via mobile

I love monkeys so decided to spend a week here volunteering.
It was an amazing experience, I spend the mornings helping with cleaning and feeding of the animals then had the ret of the day to help out with general tasks and play with the animals. You can actually interact with the monkeys which is amazing. I would definitely recommend a tour, some time volunteering or even a stay in the hostel!! I really loved it here, Dorothy is doing an amazing job!

Visited August 2013
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menageriemama, Owner at Jungla de Panama Wildlife Refuge, responded to this review, 7 November 2013
Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it!
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