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Zoo Ave

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La Garita de Alajuela, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
+506 2433 8989
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While educating the public about local wildlife, this zoo also breeds endangered animals for eventual release to the wild.
  • Excellent53%
  • Very good36%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“animal rescue” (14 reviews)
“costa rica” (76 reviews)
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La Garita de Alajuela, Alajuela 20101, Costa Rica
+506 2433 8989

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Reviewed yesterday

Zoo Ave is a good organization in that it provides a home for species that cannot be released back into the wild for various reasons. In addition, it breeds macaws for restoration, and it created a prosthetic beak for an abused toucan. That said, like...More

Thank johnnyfriend
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the bus from Alajuela to Zoo Ave one afternoon for a very enjoyable half day trip. There were many species of birds and other animals native to Costa Rica and the interpretation was pretty good. It was one of the first places we...More

Thank Ming H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

visited the zoo with kids aged 2, 4, 6. They enjoyed the visit a lot and "discovered" many animals, mainly birds but also reptiles and somr mammals. Not all enclosures maybe met latest standards (e.g. crocodile and cayman ponds look tiny) but site is reasonably...More

Thank gm_is_travelling
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautifully maintained Zoo with a lot of birds. I really liked that there was a lot of educational input and awareness raising information.

Thank LauraPoppins
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited Zoo Ave recently with a new friend, also looking at emigrating from the U.S. to Costa Rica. Per Wikipedia: "Rescate Animal Zoo Ave, or simply Zoo Ave, is an urban park of approximately 14 hectares, located in La Garita, in the canton of...More

Thank redbeachiris
Reviewed 14 December 2017

This was a lovely experience. The animals are clearly cared for very well - the enclosures are excellent, spacious and filled with vegetation giving it a very natural feel. There is a wide variety of species at ZooAve with educational signs in front of each...More

1  Thank lydiakat2017
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Our friends & my husband & I spent a morning walking through this beautiful property. This is more than a zoo it is also an award winning rescue centre taking in injured animals and healing them.They will bring them back to health so they can...More

Thank j01948
Reviewed 5 December 2017

We loved the bird rescue sanctuary part of this facility. Zoo Ave rehabilitates and releases birds into the old when it can. Not, of course, the permanent resident Toucan with a prosthetic bill. The bird part is fascinating. I became disappointed as we move into...More

Thank 63Debbie63
Reviewed 4 December 2017 via mobile

Zoo Ave is amazing because if you missed seeing an indigenous animal in the wild while traveling through Costa Rica you will see it in this Zoo which is beautifully designed. What amazed me was seeing Macaws perched on Tree branches with no surrounding cages...More

Thank Mariann O
Reviewed 4 December 2017

We spent a couple of hours here and enjoyed it. Yes the animals are mostly in cages, but it gave us a chance to see some animals that we hadn't on our numerous nature walks around the country. Plus, the money you pay is for...More

Thank MikeD602014
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Adrian V
23 December 2017|
Response from Mariann O | Reviewed this property |
I did not see visitors with pets. This is likely because you will see Iguanas walk across the walkways in front of you. There are Peacocks freely walking in the Zoo and Macaws out not in cages.
Sonia U
17 October 2017|
Response from rodcortez | Reviewed this property |
When I was there we were not able to touch them.
11 April 2017|
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Response from Katherine A | Reviewed this property |
Yes there definitely is!!