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SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary

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Nosara, Costa Rica
+506 8413 8889
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Volunteer - once in a lifetime experience

I decided to volunteer at Sibu (November/December 2017) and I absolutely loved it. If you love... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Monkey 🐒 rescue

Amazing work these people do there. DONATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well worth... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Niagara Falls, Canada
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SIBU Sanctuary is located in Santa Marta - 3.3 miles from the north entrance to Playas de Nosara and 15 + minutes from Playa Guiones. We are a 50 acre jungle garden reserve, surrounded by thousands of acres of jungle and located between the Rio Nosara and Rio Montana. We are a care / rehabilitation and Step Down Release Center for the area's injured and orphaned wildlife, returning them back into the wild. Those who cannot be released, receive life term care. Please note that we are NOT a petting zoo. These animals are all slated to be returned back into the wild. No interaction is allowed. Our facilities include a non-primate / quarantine habitat, two 70ft.X75ft habitats, three stories tall encompassing trees, with movable walls to adapt to any enclosure requirement and a new 2 1/2 story tall, Step Out Habitat with movable walls.. . We offer Up Close and Personal Educational visits by ADVANCE RESERVATION only.We cater to adults who wish to know more about the plight of Costa Rica's arboreal wildlife with the effect of man's encroachment into their habitat. Children are welcome but must be supervised and at least 5 years old. Visit our web site to learn more about our Educational Visits, participate in our Adopt-A-Monkey Program, inquire about becoming a volunteer or find out how you can make a difference by making a 501(C)3 donation. Thank you all so very much!
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Travellers talk about
“power lines” (21 reviews)
“howler monkeys” (37 reviews)
“labor of love” (6 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Nosara, Costa Rica
Nosara, Costa Rica
+506 8413 8889
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I decided to volunteer at Sibu (November/December 2017) and I absolutely loved it. If you love animals, the environment, you're not scared of getting your hands dirty and are eager to learn, then this is the place for you. Please don't consider it a holiday,...More

1  Thank LoveNature123
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing work these people do there. DONATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well worth the donation. Book well in advance. Tours aren't daily.

Thank Arnbabes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

SIBU is such a beautiful sanctuary for howler monkeys and other animals. A great team is there everyday to take care of the animals in order to rehabilitate them and then release them in the wild, where they belong. I highly recommend you to visit...More

Thank Claire D
Reviewed 15 December 2017

SIBU is a wonderful, beautiful sanctuary staffed by workers and volunteers who care so much for the wildlife in Nosara and beyond. My family enjoyed visiting the sanctuary and meeting some of the monkeys and other animals. Highly recommended if you're in Nosara and want...More

Thank GHeidel
Reviewed 20 November 2017

Vicky works with dedication and help from just two other people and a groundsman to keep this facility open. The howler monkey's and others, are loosing their environment, and suffering by swinging on the electric supply lines being spread through the jungle. She has built...More

Thank palmpirate
Reviewed 12 May 2017

My husband and I love animals, so we scheduled an excursion to Sibu during our recent trip to Nosara. Sibu was awesome and the tour was very educational. I am happy we were able to support the cause that founder Vicki Coan started, the Stop...More

Thank Julia A
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

As much as I was impressed with the care the sanctuary is providing , the tour itself was presented on a level of a first grader. Plus the tour was continuing being interrupted by late arrivers. I am not sure what previous reviewers found so...More

1  Thank drmolar2016
SIBU_Sanctuary, Owner at SIBU Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2017

I’m sorry the tour did not meet your expectations. The tours are aimed at individuals who may not have had much opportunity to be exposed to nature, and we try to make the experience informative, interactive and fun. They take the tour because they wish...More

Reviewed 4 April 2017

If you'd like to learn about monkeys in the area, plus other wildlife, plants, traditions, etc., this is a great tour. Inspiring team with powerful lessons of love and survival! Yes, expensive; yes, worth every penny.

Thank ScrappyTraveler2016
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

The many reviews say it all. Just chiming in. This place will stay with you. The owners are true heroes. We learned a lot.

Thank Debra S
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

We had a great time viewing Nosara wildlife at the Sanctuary. Wonderful organization, hands on staff & a must visit in Nosara. Support their excellent cause with your visit or donation!🐒

Thank kris363636
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Brandi J
30 September 2016|
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Response from SIBU_Sanctuary | Property representative |
Yes, you'll need reservations. Please go to our web site, click on "Visit SIBU", then fill out the visitors' request form. We'll reply within 24 / 48 hrs. OK?
27 June 2016|
Response from sle3364 | Reviewed this property |
It is a wonderful place to visit (and the daily fee is well justified) but I cannot imagine that they would take a day volunteer. The visitor fees help support their great work and I expect it would take much more than a day... More
24 May 2016|
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Response from kdunphy709 | Reviewed this property |
Based on a google search you are a good couple of hours drive away from Nosara which is your closest community. I would suggest contacting your hotel to discuss logistics. Roads and driving conditions are not good in many... More