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Punta Culebra Nature Center

240 Reviews

Punta Culebra Nature Center

240 Reviews
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Lisa S wrote a review Mar 2020
Phoenix, Arizona104 contributions14 helpful votes
I wanted to see Sloths while in Panama. Jeffrey Jordan (jeffjordan091@gmail.com) took us here. We saw three or four Sloths, a frog exhibit, aquarium and a starfish tank. It was very run down and heartbreaking that the Smithsonian would allow this to happen. The people there were very knowledgeable and friendly. They were taking great care of the animals but the buildings needed repair and the tank the sea turtle was in was green and murky.
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Date of experience: March 2020
phutty wrote a review Feb 2020
Tallinn, Estonia1,253 contributions312 helpful votes
Unexpectedly, given its Smithsonian links, this well-meaning conservation and education centre is clearly strapped for cash, with somewhat run-down facilities showing their age. There's enough here to keep you occupied for an hour or two, though don't expect to espy too many native animals: we spotted just one iguana high up a tree and saw one sloth after it was pointed out to us. (The frog exhibit ultimately proved more rewarding in a Where's Wally kind of way.) The marine attractions were less impressive. We coupled our visit here with a visit to the BioMuseo - the two being at opposite ends of the Amador Causeway - and they go nicely together. Bear in mind that whereas at the museum you're more likely to get stuck behind groups of older American tourists, Punta Calebra is overrun (literally) with raucous school groups. There are great views towards Panama City on the drive back along the causeway.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Anne Bettina R wrote a review Feb 2020
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I visited the Centre the 13th February. I was shocked and saddened to see the conditions that the sea turtle was living under. The pool was small, there was no enrichment whatsoever. I asked the guide about this, he said the turtle had been a pet and could therefore not be released into the wild. That however, is no excuse for doing absolutely nothing in the environment. Very sad to see this.
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Date of experience: February 2020
SuzyQ1232014 wrote a review Dec 2019
Florence, Italy12 contributions7 helpful votes
Venue ok if got children and are residents. Non resident admission is 7 dollars. Some fish in tanks, sloth in trees, pelicans on beach, raccoon looking for handouts, sea turtle in tank on its own, star fish which you can touch. Best thing was the indoor frog enclosure which just happened to be on at a time we visited. Ok if want something to do off cruise ship with walk along causeway. Hopefully with building of new cruise terminal the centre will get more funding to improve.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Schipblack wrote a review Nov 2019
Playa Coronado, Panama172 contributions63 helpful votes
We enjoyed a delightful lunch at El Rancheo on the Amador and then arrived at the Nature Centre. Many directional signs - look for Punta Culebra not the Smithsonian! THIS is the place to go to see the Frogs of Panama. What a great learning experience. What great pictures we got. The guides are friendly, well trained and knowledgable and willing to answer all questions. I had a picture of a weird "thing" I had seen the day before, and two guides and one scientist confirmed what it was. No one else could. The park is clean and well maintained and I must admit, a couple of raccons that were running around were cute little fellows. One just sitting and watching the tourists! The old turtle was interesting and at the Sea Star exhibit, surprise.....a 3 toed sloth in the tree, right behind the bench munching his way through some leaves. Even a little history thrown in to view a beautiful beach where the quarintee centre was for those having yellow fever during the building of the canal. Watch your step on the one nature trail leaving the exhibit - well worth the short walk and seeing another sloth. Wonderful place for children and adults!
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Date of experience: November 2019