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The zoo is located at only 15-minute drive from Juan Santamaria International Airport and 40 minutes from San Jose. It is actually a kind of park with an area of only 14 hectares in which visitors can see animals with special cases. It is the 125 species of animals (from Costa Rica) that are the reason of this «park». During your visit, you will see that this sanctuary is home to much more birds than mammals and reptiles, hence the word ave which means bird. These animals have been saved, but for health or behavior reasons, they cannot be released into the wild before a certain time. The visit will also help you understand the essence of the zoo's mission which is to raise endemic endangered species and reintroduce them into the wild after providing them proper care. Thus, the zoo wants to be this kind of refuge with the Doctor Dolittle-like style.
In other words, the Ave Zoo is a rehabilitation and breeding center for the animals of the region. The enclosures give them enough space so they don’t feel cramped. Besides, it's the perfect place for you and your family to better understand nature in a safe environment. You will walk in the shade along a path while observing the animals, especially the birds with their multitude of colors. If you believe in protecting animals, this park should be on your list of places to visit in the province. Although very small, the AZ can be a good choice to spend a relaxing day in Alajuela with family or friends. It is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
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