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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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Such a great place to take kids and show them animals should not be hurt. They also have a canopy tour that's about 10-15 minutes long it was great.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Katherine A
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Such a great place to take kids and show them animals should not be hurt. They also have a canopy tour that's about 10-15 minutes long it was great.

Thank Katherine A
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The first time I heard about Alajuela City, all was about the POAS VOLCANO, but surprisingly Alajuela has any attractions, this is one of them . 100% recommended!!

Thank Layla M
Lund, Sweden
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The zoo was OK. Not that happy about how some of the animals were living. Some cages were really small... The iguanas wondering around the place create some excitement haha and it was fun to get to see a sloth.

Thank Linnea K
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Zoo Ave was nice with animals roaming throughout. I was however upset at the price posted as 5,900 colones and the cashier said that that price was only for Costa Rican nationals, (??) I was so mad. She charged us double, $20 because we are from another country. When I argued with her she dropped to $15 so obviously the... More 

Thank Beverley W
Monterey, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Rescate Animal Zoo Ave is only 21 km from San Jose city, however this equates to approximately a 30 to 45 min drive due to the heavy traffic. The experience once at Zoo Ave is excellent, where the entrance fees are incredibly cheap when compared to zoos in Australia and the USA. Animals are all over the site, with... More 

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Mt Prospect, IL
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

If you want to hedge your bet and don't get to see a macaw, a toucan or a capuchin monkey... in the wild while visiting Costa Rica, stop here first. The birds and animals you see at Zoo Ave are being rescued to be released in the wild once/if they recover. Their motto is "a cage is not a prison".... More 

1 Thank FSYMP
Palm City, Florida, United States
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68 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

We went as part of a multi-day tour. Lots of native and exotic animals. Staff helped us see the sloth which was in the tree tops. Nice film at the end. They are in the process of building wildlife hospital.

Thank Kelly C
Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

yes, it is a rescue zoo. but $20+ seniors is ridiculous. go next door to cafe david for the same view and have a nice lunch.

2 Thank TexasTerry_12
Charleston, South Carolina
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

True you have to adjust your mindset that this is an animal rescue place, not a theme park or fancy modern zoo. The admission fee funds their work and it is cheaper for locals because the average income in C.R. is a fraction of us tourists, it is so the locals can afford to have the experience! The place has... More 

Thank David T
San Jose, Costa Rica
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

While visiting Zoo Ave with a 2 and a 6 year old girl and boy, the basic, simple but yet easy to follow layout of the property, made it easy for adults to follow and interpret the different species on display as well as the signage being user friendly. Grecia the Toucan with its man-made 4D beak is a must... More 

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