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“More than a job, a passion for nature”

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 19 August 2014

We really enjoyed our one-day hiking with Steven in the Corcovado National Park. The manner he can locate and identify animals is impressive. He came with a telescope, so that we were able to fully benefit from the beauty of what we saw. And Steven knows a lot about Costa Rica and its wildlife. Also, price is competitive!

Thanks a lot Steven,

Olivier

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Everything about this place is magical. You can only get there by boat. What a way to arrive! The boat ride from our lodge was gorgeous. As a bonus, after the tour, our boat driver let us go snorkeling in the water a short distance from the sanctuary's entrance. The Golfo Dulce had the best snorkeling I've experienced in Costa Rica.

Our boat was first to arrive at the sanctuary's beach followed in very short order by a few other boats hauling tourists. Upon arrival we were immediately greeted by Carol, the owner of the sanctuary, and one of her volunteers. We were very impressed to be greeted by the owner! You could tell right away this was a very well run operation.

The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of orphaned and injured animals. The goal is rehabilitation and release back into the wild whenever possible. So the cast of characters at the sanctuary changes. That said, you are likely to see howler monkeys, spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, scarlet macaws, toucans, parrots, kinkajous and sloths. They have a black and white owl who was hit by a car, an ocelot who was taken from her mother to sell in the illicit pet trade, and an animal called a tayra who was born into captivity and imprinted on humans.

I have toured many wildlife sanctuaries throughout the world and sometimes leave with a horrible feeling in my belly thinking, "oh those poor animals." Not here. No matter how sad the story of what happened to these creatures that got them here, I felt a resounding feeling of, "oh you lucky, lucky animals" for winding up at this sanctuary. Carol's dedication to the wildlife and the community puts her up there with the greatest of saints. It gave me such a good feeling in my soul to know that a place like the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary exists.

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Great animal sanctuary. Loved the history behind all of the animals. The volunteers are very knowledgeable and friendly

Thank Amy C
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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

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