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Simon Bolivar Parque Zoologico y Jardin Botanico Nacional

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| From Morazán Park, 300 meters north and 175 meters northeast., San Jose 1000, Costa Rica
+506 2256 0012
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Great place to visit

This is a very nice zoo with many species of Costa Rica. A Great place to take the kids for a visit.

Reviewed 3 September 2017
Johnpaul M
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Again in the jungle

It was the first time I saw racoons, so beautiful expressions. I loved it. The zoo is located very... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2017
Squirrel796
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Salento, Colombia
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The Zoo and Botanical Garden National Simon Bolivar, in Costa Rica, is the traditional zoo in the country. It is located in an area of ​​2 acres in downtown San Jose, embellishing the capital city thanks to the reforestation of forest cover. It has 300 individuals from 60 different species, most belonging to the Costa Rican biodiversity. Currently works facility improvements are made, in particular animal enclosures and hiking path visitors. It has the most advanced clinical veterinary healthcare Costa Rica, as well as preparation of safe food to provide quality food for all individuals living in the park. It also has the most comprehensive program of environmental education in the country, aimed at pre-school, primary and secondary. Promotes processes of scientific research institutions and national and international universities. The animals found at the Zoo are seizures made by government authorities or voluntary surrenders, which by their condition and not be returned to nature.
  • Excellent9%
  • Very good16%
  • Average23%
  • Poor21%
  • Terrible31%
13 Apr 2017
“Smaller than expected”
23 Mar 2017
“Sad zoo in beautiful location”
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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| From Morazán Park, 300 meters north and 175 meters northeast., San Jose 1000, Costa Rica
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+506 2256 0012
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Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

This is a very nice zoo with many species of Costa Rica. A Great place to take the kids for a visit.

1  Thank Johnpaul M
Reviewed 1 August 2017

It was the first time I saw racoons, so beautiful expressions. I loved it. The zoo is located very close from the center of the city, good walk up to there.

Thank Squirrel796
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Nice resque park where they take good care of animals. Different kind of animals are present: sloths, monkeys, parrots, tucans, iguanas, and many other.

Thank NGAA
Reviewed 13 April 2017

This "zoo" was very small, and fairly unkempt. The animals did not appear to be abused, but they were certainly neglected and could do with better habitats. This was a time killer for our group and we will probably never visit again.

Thank Amanda E
Reviewed 23 March 2017

After the visit i had an overwhelming feeling of sadness, for the animals and the condition of the park, which a lot of, was closed to the public.

Thank Everard E
Reviewed 23 March 2017

At last! A Costa Rican attraction with a reasonable price, just 2000 colones per person. Let's start with the good. The location feels like a quite oasis in the middle of the city. You're surrounded by trees and bordered by a river, so it's good...More

1  Thank PTP46
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

It's very sad to see animals living in small cage. They were all pacing or very bored. I were them I would have depression. However we were lucky following a lizard who was crawling freely for food. Also followed a zoo keeper to feed animals....More

Thank pp_echo
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Kinda sad little zoo but some interesting creatures here if you don't mind them caged up...Some light snacks and drinks served. Saw a very sad sloth living in an enclosure with no trees!

Thank Alf H
Reviewed 21 December 2016

The Simon Bolivar Parque Zoo was closed when I attempted to visit. The main steel gates were chained and pad-locked shut, with other entrances also closed. No staff were on site to give any advice as to when the zoo would be open again. I...More

Thank Fadamos
Reviewed 25 November 2016

it is a small zoo but quaint. lots of birds as you would expect. a few large animals. beautiful area. worth the time to visit an hour or so

Thank TexasTerry_12
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