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Zoo Ave


This splendid zoo is a must see.
It covers 59 hectares of landscaped grounds and is a wildlife rescue center
for injured and confiscated wildlife.
The fantastic bird collection
(the largest in Central America)
includes dozens of toucans, cranes, curassows, parrots, and a veritable Pantone chart of more than 100
other Costa Rican bird species.

Resplandescent Quetzal

Noah would be proud:
most creatures are in pairs or groups.
The goal is to breed national species
for reintroduction into the wild.
The zoo has successfully bred the
scarlet macaw, green macaw, curassow, guan, and about 50 other native bird species with the help of a human-infant incubator.
The breeding center is off-limits.



macaws at Zoo Ave

Zoo Ave is one of only two
zoos in the world to display the Resplendent Quetzals.
Macaws fly free.
You’ll also see crocodile, deer, turtles, ostrich, tapirs, peccaries, pumas,
and all four species of indigenous
monkeys in large enclosures.




There’s a small soda and bathrooms,
and a visitors center that shows video presentations and offers educational events twice monthly.

To get to Zoo Ave, take either the
Atenas or the La Garita bus
from Alajuela.
Both pass by the zoo.

At Dulce Nombre, on Hwy. 3,
about 3.5 km east of the
Pan-American Highway


Opens from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
$9 admission adults, $4 children

Tel. (506)2433-8989, Fax (506)2433-9140 ---

Villa Rita Country Cottages
La Garita, Alajuela, Costa Rica - Tel: (506) 2487-7566 -