In 1990 ZOO AVE a local old fashion ZOO was transformed to the new vision through a non-profit organization with modern facilities, with a new vision which prioritizes conservation and animal welfare. It is now called Rescate Animal Zooave, operated by the Fundación Restauración de la Naturaleza (The Nature Restoration Foundation), with a focus on conservation, animal welfare and environmental education.
This rescue center is located in La Garita de Alajuela, just 40 minutes from San José and 15 minutes from Juan Santa María International Airport. In this beautiful center you can walk on fully accessible trails where you are able to explore the botanical gardens and learn about 125 species of animals, among them birds, mammals and reptiles that have been rescued and, due to health or behavioral reasons, cannot be fully rehabilitated for reintroduction into their natural habitat.
When you visit this center you will be supporting the other amazing projects which include:
- Rescue Center
- Reproduction Center of Macaws
- Environmental Education
- Release Projects in San Jose - Piedras Blancas - Nicoya
- Rehabilitation enclosure of wild cats
By the way the rescue center has a Restaurant inside the area of exhibitions which has great food, peacocks walking free, great forest views and a playground where kids can play while parents wait for the dishes to arrive. This is a great detail we enjoyed!!!