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Asociacion Panamericana para la Conservacion

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The tour guides for this conservancy are knowledgeable, courteous, and well spoken. They explained... read more

Reviewed 8 March 2018
Tony H
Harker Heights, Texas
wonderful work being done here!

Many dedicated personnel are working hard to educate people IRT to sloths and other animals as well... read more

Reviewed 19 January 2018
John B
Stafford, Virginia
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

The tour guides for this conservancy are knowledgeable, courteous, and well spoken. They explained not only the animals' ways, but also why the animals were there, rather than in the wild. If you're looking for a bit of natural insight, go here. It's time well...More

Thank Tony H
Reviewed 19 January 2018

Many dedicated personnel are working hard to educate people IRT to sloths and other animals as well as help the animals return to the wild. Looks like the animals are well cared for and the facilities adequate. Nice that everything is just a short walk...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

The lonely things interesting of this tour was the sloths. We paid 20 dollars each for this mini zoo camouflaged as rescue center. The guide a small unpleasant ticos, was all the time pushing us to shorten the interaction with sloths in order to go...More

1  Thank Mik1964
Reviewed 27 December 2017

Very inspiring morning spent at this rescue and research center for endangered and/or wounded animals - like sloths, monkeys, frogs. Also there is a beautiful butterfly house and orchid nursery. Along with the professional staff, there are volunteers from the Smithsonian Institute.

Thank kari r
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

The APPC does amazing work to help all kinds of animals, and they help so many sloths who wouldn't survive on their own. They 100% have the sloths best interests in mind so it isn't always possible to get to interact with them, but this...More

Thank Nuala D
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Our friends in Britain heard about this and wanted to go on our visit to Panama City. We had Panama Unlimited Travel arrange a tour. This is a fantastic place to learn about the animals of Panama. We were the only ones and got to...More

3  Thank Lynda L
Reviewed 11 March 2017

All of the animals here have been rescued. Many they reintroduce to the wild but some unfortunately cannot be set free for various reasons.

Thank Elaine P
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

They have planned visit over the weekend. But you can send them an email and ask if they have time for a VIP visit during the week. It will cost you a donation, but it's worth the money. Our kids really enjoyed it and we...More

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Reviewed 31 December 2016

While birding on the extensive grounds of the Gamboa Rainforest Resort, I virtually stumbled upon this interesting feature. It is not featured in any information provided by the resort itself. It provides a nice variation of activities within a short walk.

Thank Neil T
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Was fortunate enough to see Fiona, the rescued jaguar, before she moves to her permanent home. What a beauty! Attended a delightful and informative presentation featuring Coquito, the three-toed sloth ambassodor. Now that was a treat!

Thank Constance L
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Nestor C
I don´t really answer this type of comments in any social media for many reasons, but primarily because the type of Work I do. Let me introduce myself, I´m Nestor Correa, founder of the PanAmerican Conservation Association (2004), biologist with 20 years of experience. I been working in wild life rescue all my life, and after reading your comments, I have decided that you deserve an answer. I have nothing to say about the Gamboa Resort infrastructure, but I can tell you this… Back in 2014, our NGO struggle (lack of support and funding), and they offer help, they provide us with free facilities and more recently a percentage donation from the fee you pay to tour the rescue center, sloth sanctuary and the other exhibits, (So without you knowing, you are doing something good, you are supporting wildlife rescue, for real!) Our NGO rescue and release over 4000 animals in the last 12 years, every animal in the Sloth Sanctuary and the Rescue Center have a story and lost of work behind…Before you judge, I encourage you to do your homework, search on line, I´m not going to make it easy for you, but here an look on the NatGeo site "baby-sloth-orphanage-rescue", Look for appcpanama or Asociación Panamericana para la Conservación and you will see many publications (Look for Nat Geo Español September, we were the best of Latin America), them, judge again. The 25 orphans sloths we have in care right now, were all rescue after their mother were road kill, electrocute, attack by domestic animals or victims of illegal traffic of animals, we are the number one rescue operation in Panama, supporting the ecological police and the ministry of environment, we survive with donations and volunteers. Each Sloth was raised by my wife and the volunteer, some were a few days or months when their mothers die. Now, with our new project, sponsor by the resort, we are building a re-introduction back into the wild habitat for orphans/had raised sloths, but you need to know that we are the one that put sloth in the forest, every sloth we rescue that is not a baby is released in 24 to 72 hours, and we rescue and released more than 1,000 so far in 12 years. Is so sad when people judge without knowledge, I´m not going to question what you do for a living and how much you support wildlife conservation, but in our case, we are very happy because we dedicate our life to rescue wildlife and we care for the animals. Yes the Resort is trying to make a profit, but is not what every business do??? In their case, at least they are supporting a real Wildlife Rescue NGO, and if you do not believe in our work, do I have to believe in you? Again you are welcome to search, hope you in your home are supporting a good cause, I´m sure you do. If you want to know more, please contact me at info@appcpanama and I will be happy to send you more info so you have a better knowledge of who we are and what we do. I´m sorry you have a bad tour guide, I know they have many good ones. I´m also sorry you did not listen my talk, I´m almost always there help the tour guides to tour the Sloth Sanctuary. I always get good comments from our visitors. If you ever come back, please let me know, I will love to tour you around. Have a nice day!
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Response from John B | Reviewed this property |
You can get very close but can't touch. Definitely worth the visit if you are in the area though. The sloths were very close and easy to observe. No obstructed views or behind glass or anything.