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“it is a pleasant place to stop and relax”

Simon Bolivar Parque Zoologico y Jardin Botanico Nacional
Ranked #48 of 123 things to do in San Jose
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 9 February 2014

Although an old fashioned cage style zoo, it is a lush jungle garden.The animals are well looked after, despite the less then slick modern accommodations.I have been to dozens of the world's top rate zoos. The animals here are fewer and soon will be relocated to reserves if possible.No zoo is a natural place for wild animals. These animals have never been wild or could survive on their own.I live above this zoo. I here the birds and lion all day and night. I also here the children visiting,laughing and loving a chance to see some animals. It will be a botanical garden soon.please visit while it still has the animals. The entrance fees pay to keep them Fed and healthy.

2  Thank ScottKWimer
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Reviewed 31 January 2014

This zoo is randomly placed in the middle of a neighborhood. Its not super cheap, and super small. There arent a lot of animals, and there are a lot of closed paths and streets and it appears that they are only using a portion of the grounds. The poor lion looks like he is suffering. I love zoos, but there is nothing to see here.

3  Thank Michael W
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Reviewed 3 December 2013

The zoo charges 2,400 for adults. There are not a lot of people that come. You can see every attraction and take pictures in less than 30 minutes. Every single cage looks miserable. The animals look filthier than how they should be in zoos (comparing with other zoos). The animals look restless. The cages are too small for the birds. The lion is lonely, bored, and looks like it's being starved. The turtles overcrowd the tiny enclosure. The crocodiles as well. The lakes are covered in filth.

4  Thank Eyshun
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

It felt completely awkward being here. The animals on display felt as such. They were not being celebrated as I would imagine they would be, in a place that does so much in the way of conservation. I felt this vibe through the general look of the animals... the big cats were howling painfully and pacing their enclosures. Just a sad sight. All the other animals paced and postured in ways that indicated they were nervous and needed to get rid of extra energy. I'm unsure if these animals are being well taken care of. I would not recommend you visit this place.

7  Thank Charleen P
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

This zoo was within walking distance of our hotel and was a bit hard to find ,base on the fact that you would not really thought that a zoo could be right in the area where there were restaurant's and shops packed together, so it was like a hidden gem,small ,but like a little oasis in the downtown area,lush verdant garden's, a small collection of mostly native animals, except for the lion,a large river runs through the park,loved it-

Thank beverley d
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