This is a zoo where you can see a variety of local animals including deer, monkeys, iguanas, scarlet macaws, owls and other ... More
This is a zoo where you can see a variety of local animals including deer, monkeys, iguanas, scarlet macaws, owls and other birds. The zoo is also home to a 12-foot crocodile. All of the animals that reside in the zoo were either donated to the zoo or were injured then nursed back to health. The animals now live comfortably in their new habitat, and visitors are able to view some of Costa Rica's native wildlife up close in a safe environment. Admission is CRC2700 for adults, CRC300 for children age 11 and under.
A visit to Zoo Ave is a visit to the Dark Ages. You'll get to see animals in obvious, small cages. You'll note that many of the specimens are not identified, or are mis-identified. But you won't get many good photos, because the bars, chain link, and screen all ensure that the animals are hidden from view. The overgrown bamboo in many cages also helps hide the victims. But you may see some animals, like Agoutis, ducking in and out of cages in their search for food. Or see uncaged squirrels visiting the caged squirrels.
This is Costa Rica's best zoo. That's too bad.
We have 4 kids ranging from toddler to teenager so I wanted a quick way to introduce them to the amazing wildlife and forests of Costa Rica. This rehabilitation zoo was perfect. They got a taste of all that was to come in our subsequent nature hikes and bird walks and actually knew what to look for when the guide said "look! a Toucan!". Just strolling through the thickly covered walkways was amazing - seeing the exotic "Candle" plants and the mammoth bamboo was an education in itself since all the trees and plants are well labeled with lots of information.
Do not confuse this conservation center with the Zoo inside San Jose which I understand is a small affair with animals confined to tiny pens. The enclosures here are designed for the animals' comfort rather than optimal people viewing. So it is better to visit in the mornings when they are most active. But even so the birds especially are a lot easier to see here than in the actual rainforest and you will probably not see a glimpse of the famed national bird, Quetzel, unless you stop by here!
My family is from the states and we visited Zoo Ave last summer with our two elementary age children. We were so pleasantly surprised at not only the diversity of animals the zoo had to offer but the general cleanliness & layout of the zoo. It is built around some incredible rain forest foliage, giant bamboo, etc...My children said it reminded them of Jurassic Park. It is apparent that the private owners take pride in their zoo and have the utmost respect for the animals they exhibit. Open air exhibits and large runs allow you to watch the animals in near natural surroundings and the zoo offers a wonderful educational process for children of all ages...I would definitely reccommend this to be on an A-list of things to visit in Costa Rica! English and Spanish literature is readily available, too!
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