Zoo Ave, Alajuela

4.3
#1 of 16 in Zoos & Aquariums in Costa Rica
Visit an important conservation project and animal education facility at Zoo Ave. Founded in the late 1980s, the center has grown over time to admit the thousands of orphaned, injured, and confiscated animals that arrive at its doors each year. Walk along the wooden tracks through areas of tall bamboo, seeing the critters in large enclosures or roaming freely through the park (iguanas, for instance, not lions). The park doesn't purchase any animals, and after rehabilitation, or when the numbers of an endangered species are high enough, it reintroduces them to the wild. The success of the facility is evident in their rebuilding of the numbers of endangered animals, with over 300 great curassows, two separate troops of spider monkeys, and over 300 scarlet macaws bred onsite since it opened. Put Zoo Ave into our Alajuela trip builder website to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Alajuela.
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  • They do a great job with attempting to rehabilitate native animals. Very interesting and animals all appear to be in great health  more »
  • Well maintained zoo that shows a lot of local animals. Really good insight on a relatively small area. We enjoyed it very much  more »
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  • I love how this place felt more like the Rescue Center it is than a standard zoo. The animal enclosures were spacious and the operators seem to care to recreate the animals' natural habitats as much as possible. It's really beautiful, and easy to navigate with lots of little benches and rest areas for those who need it. The abundance of trees and plants provided great consistent natural shade and kept us cool as we explored. The staff are all so friendly and helpful. The snacks being sold included some healthy options alongside the usual candies and ice cream treats. At the end we ate at the restaurant, David's, and were quite surprised by how good the food was. This was a great day for my family!
  • A beautiful botanical gardens, even if there were no animals! Allow at least two hours, three if you really want to begin to get to know the place and its inhabitants. The paths are cement, and wheel chair accessible, with a pair of moderately steep hills, but not too challenging. A former private zoo, converted (and greatly expanded and improved) into an animal rescue and research center, Zoo Ave is a joy to visit with only a few larger mammals (puma, coyote, leopard) whose enclosures feel like cages. Includes a small "farm" with non-native animals, some abandoned by e.x-pat northerners. It's (relatively) cool and well-shaded, but insect repellentt for your arms and legs might be a good idea. Binoculars and telephoto lenses will increase your enjoyment. Highly recommend.
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