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Refugio Zoologico

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I was the only one at this animal shelter. One of the monkeys first was shy, but later did not like... read more

Reviewed 12 December 2017
via mobile
A very worthwhile cause to support with some incredible animals.

We were very pleasantly surprised by this animal refuge. Having volunteered at a similar place... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2017
Philippa H
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Located only 2km from Samaipata, Zoologico El Refugio is an animal refuge created in 2002 in order to offer rescued animals a better life. Passionate about animals and nature, Manu, the charming owner, welcomes and gives homes to animals that were...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
De Samaipata 2km | carretera de San Juan del Rosario, Samaipata CF381UG, Bolivia
+591 3 9446169
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Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

This animal refuge has their heart in the right place, sheltering parrots, monkeys, eagles, owls, deer, ducks, emu, llamas, wild boar, etc. The grounds are not well kept, you have to watch your step for the horse poop and large ant hills. The children's playground...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

Visited with my family and it's ok, the animals seem to be healthy but what I really couldn't understand for the life of me is their shop selling wildlife parts like Anaconda skin wallets. When I asked about it they said it was from a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank drunkenaussie1
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

Great afternoon activity. Beautiful walk in and it was really cool to interact with the animals! Would definitely recommend!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank RoseyMouse
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Here all the animals are part of the family. And you can get to know them. There is a small cafe and a lovely craft shop. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Eve W
Reviewed 16 June 2018 via mobile

You will reach the Zoo in 30 min by start Walking from the plaza. On the way you will see a lot of beautiful holiday Houses and great landscapes. At the zoo some cute signs and a map will lead you to the reception where...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Robin K
Reviewed 15 February 2018

We went to Samaipata only for one day to pass by. But we felt in love with Jacha Inti Animal Shelter and stayed with them for ONE MONTH!!! It was such a lovely experience. Everyone there is so kind, warm and have a big passion...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Nicolás M
Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

I was the only one at this animal shelter. One of the monkeys first was shy, but later did not like to let go of my leg. After that I could enter a few cages with one of the volunteers to feed the animals

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank ClaudiaBo77
Reviewed 27 July 2017

We were very pleasantly surprised by this animal refuge. Having volunteered at a similar place ourselves we understand that there are a lot of challenges facing these kinds of places - predominantly funding. Having said that we believe that the staff and volunteers are doing...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Philippa H
Reviewed 24 June 2017

There is nothing fancy about this place, and after less than an hour, you have seen all there is to be seen. This place is run by dedicated volunteers that care very well for the animals, and so they deserve our support. Please stop by...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Gary M
Reviewed 10 June 2017 via mobile

Went there after recommendation and had therefore high expectations which got fulfilled 100%. They do a really good job and it's hard work but, it's definitely worth to have a lovely place like this for the animals. There is also the possibility to have drinks...More

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank rapha_y_nici
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