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Zoo Ave

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Address: La Garita de Alajuela, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
Phone Number:
506 433 8989
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

While educating the public about local wildlife, this zoo also breeds...

While educating the public about local wildlife, this zoo also breeds endangered animals for eventual release to the wild.

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Like a Walk through a Tropical Jungle

This is an ideal family excursion for all ages. Zooave is a special kind of "zoo" in that the animals have been rescued from injuries and illness and are helped and protected... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Penny W
Central Florida, Florida
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Central Florida, Florida
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34 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an ideal family excursion for all ages. Zooave is a special kind of "zoo" in that the animals have been rescued from injuries and illness and are helped and protected until that they can be released back to the wild. They are living iin areas similar to their natural habitat, and some of the animals roam around freely--for... More 

Thank Penny W
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Aside from being close to San Jose, ZooAve has a beautiful collection of birds and other animals endemic to Costa Rica. Being a rescue center for animals found in captivity illegally add to the importance of the place and raises awareness in the damage humans cause on wildlife.

Thank Cindy A
Farmington Hills, Michigan
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The selection of birds is outstanding along with the fact it is breeding and rehabilitation area to repopulate them to other parts of Costa Rica made it especially great. Also, the natural wildlife setting for many animals made some areas seem more a walk in the wild than a zoo. We found the place to be very clean and welcoming... More 

Thank Woodcamski
Salt Lake City, Utah
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26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only 15 to 20 minutes from the airport, this is good activity before jumping your late afternoon flight back to the US. Plan on spending 90 to 120 mintues touring the small zoo park. You will see many species of various animals from birds of prey, to owls, crocodiles, emu's, pumas, large cats, raptures, and yes monkeys. For non-residence the... More 

Thank Mark H
Corvallis, Oregon
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you're in the area, would recommend not missing this zoo. There are huge iguanas and peacocks wandering the grounds, and many other beautiful animals. Plenty of colorful parrots and macaws, and a toucan with a prosthetic bill! Even a few sloths, which are actually pretty fun to watch. The restaurant there is very nice, especially compared to the usual... More 

1 Thank joemed2001
San Ramon, Costa Rica
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225 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here for our kid's 3rd birthday. We had planned to spend a few hours, but in the end we went fairly quickly through the park (kid was whiny and hungry). The place is really nice, though, and it's great that it's a sanctuary and rescue center, despite the misnomer. It was just the right amount of time and... More 

1 Thank CostaRicaOutsider
San Jose, Costa Rica
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

It is not a zoo although it works in very close similar concept. I loved to hear that their main purpose is conservatism therefor animals there is because they were rescued. The have long trails and lots of animals specially birds.

1 Thank Ken S
Plainview, New York
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55 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

we got the feeling of Costa Rica here - all kind of exotic animals: we saw monkeys, Alligator, toucan, etc. All kinds of Beautiful flowers and trees around as well. we loved this place, the only downsize of it - if you are a tourist, they charge you about 4 times more than locals :(

1 Thank qw4321
Arvada, Colorado
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5 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Nice place to go, not the typical zoo, but wild animals that have been rescued. Lots of birds, Toucans, owls, monkeys, Iguanas, and other animals endemic to the region.

Thank darant3
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28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We went there to see Costa Rican animals and we're not disappointed. It's a zoo, but for recovery of hurt animals. The enclosures were clean, well maintained. Saw toucans, sloths, macaws, monkeys, lots of different birds., Tapir, ocelot. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves

Thank DonaldandTrish M

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