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Simon Bolivar Parque Zoologico y Jardin Botanico Nacional

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Address: | 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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08:00 - 15:30
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 15:30
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Zoo and Botanical Garden National Simon Bolivar, in Costa Rica, is the...

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.

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Smaller than expected

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... read more

Reviewed 13 April 2017
Amanda E
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Thank NGAA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

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Thank Amanda E
Atlanta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

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North Bay, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 to go for the walking value. As a zoo, however, it fails. There are windowed... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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. The staff were friendly but the animals are very sad to see.

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Enderby, British Columbia, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
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!

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Thank Alf H
Monterey, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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 visited around 1.30pm and spent approximately 30 minutes ascertaining the zoos status as open or... More 

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Thank Fadamos
Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
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

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Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 359 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016

The zoo is small in size and the enclosures themselves were very small as well. This made the experience a little hard for me. Good points though, not too many people visiting so it was not crowded around the animals and the stroll through the zoo was peaceful.

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Thank Chr15t1n3
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Many of the enclosures in this zoo are unacceptable. The poor sloth had not a single tree to climb on and was desperately trying to reach branches through the bars of its cage. Some of the enclosures were so so but what really was horrendous about this zoo was the lion enclosure. Tiny, concrete, very little shelter in the enclosure... More 

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