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Check out some of the best sights at Zoo Ave by browsing our Costa Rica Bird Picture Gallery.
Environmental Education. Zoo Ave accomplishes this not only with the zoo itself, which has great descriptions of
the different animal species and signs that inform of key threats to Costa Rican wildlife, but also with education efforts through
radio, TV, and the production of didactic materials. They also have educational outreach programs that help inform school children
of environmental issues in Costa Rica.
How to visit Zoo Ave
Zoo Ave is located 10 km west of Alajuela in La Garita de Alajuela. You can take a bus that goes toward Atenas and have the bus driver notify you when you go by Zoo Ave. This bus will cost you about $.50. If you are driving, you can take the Pan-American to the Atenas exit. Go east for a few kilometers and you'll see the Zoo on your right side.
Map of Zoo Ave and the surrounding area
Here's a map that shows San Jose on the right side, which gives you a good idea of the proximity of Zoo Ave (the icon marked with "A" on the map), which resides in Garita, a short bus trip from the center of Alajuela.
What do I need to take to Zoo Ave?
The birdwatching at the zoo is spectacular, but since it is a zoo and not natural environment, no need to take your binoculars. Do bring your camera, though. You wouldn't want to miss a shot at a male peacock showing off his plumage. These critters roam free around the zoo and are quite friendly as peacocks go (I usually find them quite aloof). Oh, you also need to carry with you $14 for the entrance fee, or $5 for citizens/residents. This fee is well worth the experience in this magnificent zoo. Plus, your patronage helps keep the environmental aspects of the project alive, helping preserve beautiful Costa Rican wildlife. Without your visit today, tomorrow your grandchildren will go to "Museum Ave" where all the dead Costa Rican birds are displayed in all their resplendant petrified glory. So, if I haven't sold you yet, go visit their website. UPDATE: The old Zoo Ave website appears to have moved, and has been replaced by a German-speaking website at zooave.org. The real website can now be found at zooave.com. Check out some of the best sights at Zoo Ave by browsing our Costa Rica Bird Picture Gallery.