Visiting Zoo Ave, Costa Rica

Zoo Ave is wildlife rescue and breeding centre in Costa Rica. It is located about 20 minutes West of Alajuela. Animals that have been injured or mistreated are brought to the zoo and are provided with the proper help they need in order to be released back into the wild. Some animals, however, are too injured or unable to survive in the wild – making them permanent residents of the zoo.

One of Zoo Ave’s most famous resident is Grecia, the chestnut-mandibled toucan. Grecia is widely known as the first toucan to receive a prosthetic 3D printed beak which he lost when he was attacked by youths. 

Four species of monkeys are native to Costa Rica: the howler, the spider,
the squirrel monkey and the White-headed capuchin (below). “Ave” means bird in Spanish. There were many at the zoo, including
the Brown Pelican, the largest water bird in Costa Rica.

You do not need to allocate a lot of time for Zoo Ave, it took us about 2 hours to walk through the entire park. Admission Price varies, “Tourist” Price was $20US /pp.

You’ll find all the places we visited in Costa Rica here.

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