Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center

Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center, Alajuela: Hours, Address, Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center

Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center
4.5
Zoos • Educational sites
8:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Monday
8:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Tuesday
8:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Wednesday
8:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Thursday
8:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Friday
8:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Saturday
8:45 AM - 4:45 PM
Sunday
8:45 AM - 4:45 PM
About
Rescate Wildlife Rescue Center (formerly Rescate Animal Zoo Ave) is a non-profit that has been rescuing wildlife for over 30 years. While educating the public about local wildlife, this rescue center and sanctuary also breeds endangered species for release to the wild. They have reintroduced several different species to previously extinct areas of Costa Rica and their current Scarlet Macaw breeding program plans to reintroduce a further 500 of the species by 2030. Every admission fee to the sanctuary goes to supporting their cause.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Adam J
Delray Beach, FL96 contributions
Jan 2022
It looks like a zoo ... because it was once a zoo, an old, decrepit one. Today, it is a wildlife rescue centre designed as a zoo. And, with English and Spanish signage, it is a very enjoyable place to spend two hours perusing through the facility. There is much in terms of aviary enjoyment; the sloth was not visible. But we saw the Jaguar! As a couple on a wedding anniversary trip, it was a nice short drive from our Alajuela resort (Xandari) and we did NOT use the pay-ahead option at $30 USD per person. As such we saved $10 USD and walked in at our leisure. The sad truth is due to COVID the crowds are very small. But for a midday Monday the crowd increased by 12:30pm. The restaurante KIVU is very good and affordable, too, and can be accessed without a park entry from a separate car park. It's a worthwhile charity and worth supporting with a visit.
Written 19 January 2022
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Rebecca M
New York City, NY1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Solo
Rescate is an animal rescue center that treats and releases injured wildlife, cares for animals in their lifetime sanctuary that cannot be reintroduced into the wild, and has a reproduction center for endangered species. This is an exceptional organization doing amazing work for Costa Rica and the world. Unlike many other “rescue centers” that are actually zoos and house animals just for the observation and interest of the public, Rescate is focused on animal care and release and comfort for the animals that must be held in their lifetime sanctuary. Everyone on staff is friendly and will offer time to answer questions. Also, their restaurant is delicious, and has a great view of several animal habitats. I learned so much. Definitely worth a visit when in the San Jose and Alajuela area.
Written 10 January 2022
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hollyberry879
Evergreen, CO45 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Great place to spend a couple of hours if you are in San Jose. The animals are obviously well cared for and their enclosures are large and very natural. As others have said, you may not see all the animals as they have lots of places to hide, but I think this is a good thing as they are in a more natural habitat. There were a few biting flies around but not overwhelming. Definitely worth a visit to get out of the hustle and bustle of San Jose!
Written 21 December 2021
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swisstraveller
Berne525 contributions
Dec 2021
This rescue centre (formerly know as Zoo Ave) is really well done and very much morth a visit. The animals and birds have big cages and can hide if they want, and it seems all very animal friendly. You can easily spend 2 hours there or more, as its pretty big and its nice to have enough time to try to spot all the animals. It was a great way for me to end 5 weeks in Costa Rica, and to see macaws, spider monkeys, parrots etc. one more time. And I also saw a tapir, which I hadnt seen in the wild.

The rescue centre is also great for families. And the restaurant there is quite nice, I had a very tasty cascado with fish for 2900 colones.
Written 20 December 2021
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Aga_Mrowiec
2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
The rescue center that really puts animal needs first, educating public about importance of release side and breeding endangered species. I appreciate how enclosures are designed to provide animals with welfare and the whole place look like the real jungle. Friendly stuff, very nice atmosphere, I’m looking forward to come back.
Written 18 December 2021
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Jack D
1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Solo
The center is a great place for people to go and see a wide variety of animals. The restaurant was also great. Definitely something to put on your list of things to do if travelling through the Alajuela/San Jose area
Written 27 November 2021
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Javier S
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Family
It was really nice lots of information . My kids really enjoyed the tour. Unfortunately I can’t remember the name of our tour guide but she was super nice and spoke excellent English
Written 4 August 2021
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Phil G
London, UK36 contributions
Jul 2021
Great place to visit and only 15 minutes away from our hotel close to the airport. I wasn't sure what to expect as the area doesn't look very green but once you go through the entrance it's like stepping in to a weel kept jungle. All the paths are easy to walk and the animals are kept in large and very natural looking enclosures. Sometimes it was not possible to see the animal well but that's because they have so much space and places to hide. I think all of the aminals in the sancturay are not able to go back in to the wild because of injuries but they are well cared for here.

We had a really nice lunch in the restaurant and the price of the food was good for the size of portion (fish casado and patacones).

It's not cheap to get in but when you see the condition the animals are kept in it's easy to see where the money is going - really glad we went!
Written 31 July 2021
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Vandor Cselek
Budapest, Hungary4 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Nice place to visit!The costa rican Fauna and Flora is well presented with many interesting details!
Written 30 July 2021
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Sonya B
11 contributions
Jul 2021
I am visiting in July so it is rainy season. I've been to many rescue centers, including in Africa, but this 20 Acre rainforest habitat is the best I've seen. Be aware that on a rainy day, the majority of wildlife is in hiding. Wait for the rain to stop. I walked the area twice, once in the rain and once afterwards. There are "viewing" benches all along the path and there are side paths that you definitely must explore. Don't worry they will all lead back to the main path. There are also places (small cafes with table/chairs) along the way to have a snack or buy a souvenir.
The main cafe has excellent food and it is a pleasant place to spend the day. There are many tables , a TV showing Animal Planet, great coffee. Enjoy your visit!
Written 25 July 2021
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