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“I walked through with a guide”

Osa Wildlife Sanctuary
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Also known as the Santuario Silvestre de Osa . Owned by Carol Crews. $25 admission/donation. All proceeds go into the sanctuary.
Reviewed 16 June 2014

the guide is not paid. They are volunteers. I really learnt a lot about all the animals. Especially the eyelash viper which is highly dangerous and poisonous.

Thank Brigitte S
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

Osa Wildlife Sanctuary is like being in a music box with sounds of birds chirping and animal noises 24 hours a day. It's beautiful and filled with wildlife. Not a phone or internet to disturb the peace. A perfect way to experience nature

1  Thank 277LAK49
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Just go. There's nothing like seeing these animals in the wild, but sadly, for many reasons, the one's at the Sanctuary are there because they are not ready, or never will be for some, to re-enter the forests. The benefit as a visitor is twofold. One, you get to actually interact with many species (think howler moneys crawling on your head), and second...you are paying an entrance fee that goes to no better cause I can think of in this area.

3  Thank 5easons
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

I went into this with very high hoped based on reviews here on TripAdvisor. I was very disappointed.

Our guide was the owner of the sanctuary, who seemed like a nice lady. The facilities were just not what I pictured. Every animal except one monkey were caged. Carol would lead you around and open a few cages to let some people in and kind of prod at the animals, or feed them, to show them off a bit. We saw maybe half a dozen cages and that was that.

I suppose this is nice if you want to get up close to some animals, but really there are much better places. Going to Manuel Antonio or somewhere like that will allow you to see as many animals, but in their wild habitat, not caged up.

I was also disappointed that pretty much no discussion was given to what the actual process of rehabilitation involves, and there was no tour of the actual facilities they use for that process. It basically just felt like a very small Zoo (albeit one in a pristine setting). Would like to have learned much more about how they actually help the animals and re-release them.

Rosie, the resident spider monkey, was quite entertaining and very well socialized. However, our group was about 25 people so it basically wound up everyone trying to get in everyone else's way to pet the monkey and take a picture.

4  Thank David H
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

This is a DO NOT MISS event to get up close and personal with animals as well as learning about them as well. Carol is spectacular and explains the elements in an pleasant educational setting. Most importantly, this is all about the animals and their safety. There is no fee for this sanctuary, but a donation to support their efforts.

1  Thank smsp309
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