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Refugio Zoologico

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Address: De Samaipata 2km | carretera de San Juan del Rosario, Samaipata CF381UG, Bolivia
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+591 3 9446169
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Located only 2km from Samaipata, Zoologico El Refugio is an animal refuge...

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 brutalized, needed to be cared for or just simply needed a family. At the refuge, you will meet wild and domestic animals: monkeys, parrots, birds of prey, as well as coatis, ocelots, agoutis and dogs... Animal lovers will be won over!

For the horse riders, you also have opportunity to hack on wonderful paths in the lush green valley. Families will be pleased by the children's installations and play area. If you wish to be immersed in this unique environment, you can also stay overnight in a fully equipped and charming room, the ideal place to stay close to animals from sunrise to sunset. For the budget travelers, you can put your tent up in our camping area.

So what are you waiting for ?? Come and meet Chita, Madidi, Pipo, Yoyo , Spirit... And all the other animals of the refuge that await for your visit.

If you wish to volunteer or support our project, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Very small but nice.

I vicited this animal refuge while at Samaipata and it was nice only smaller then expected and there seemed to be more people then necesary working there. They offer an volunteer... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 May 2016
xyz411
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Cusco Region, Peru
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

My wife and daughters have now visited 3 times. I finally made it with them (and a group of friends that were visiting from the US) this last time. The place is a little "tired". It could use some general maintenance and regular upkeep. There were a good number of animals. Many of the monkeys have figured out to how... More 

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Thank lmari535
Canberra, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

Upon visiting the zoo a couple of weeks ago I have to admit I was slightly disappointed with my experience here. The zoo was extremely dirty and appeared unkept. Most of the animals were in cages and the cages themselves were extremely poorly maintained. I didn't feel as though I was given a great experience.

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Thank ClaudiaDC1994
Cusco Region, Peru
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

I vicited this animal refuge while at Samaipata and it was nice only smaller then expected and there seemed to be more people then necesary working there. They offer an volunteer in exchange of a place to set up camp and food in some cases.

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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

I wish I could give this place a better rating. The work they do to help injured and orphaned animals is honourable. But the facilities are old and run down and quite small. I was happy to pay the 20 BOB to help support the cause. Its a nice 30 minute walk from town and I would recommend a visit.

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Thank Ourtrek
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

Definitely worth visiting. There are some animals in cages, but it's not a zoo - all the animals have been rescued. The place has a hippie feel to it, smiling volunteers from all over the world in dirty overals, friendly monkey on a roof and you know that your donation is going to support a good cause. Everything feels REAL... More 

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Thank butlaktaktyt
Cape Town
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015

This markets itself as a refuge but is really just a small zoo. All the animals are caged and it is not quite clear why they cannot be living in the wild. It felt like a sad place

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Thank JenTC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2015 via mobile

This is animal refuge that the kids love to see and interact with the animals... It is a great experience for a family with kids... It is a small area with several animals monkeys parrots birds etc... It is not a huge zoo but it is a nice area to take the family....

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Thank Duston L
Stuttgart, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

The refugio is a good 30-40 min walk from the center. the animals are taken care of by some volunteers and seem to be well. the zoo-experience isn't worth it (if you have spare time, go there, if not: it's definetly no must) but there's one monkey that will sit down in your lap, take your hand and put it... More 

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Thank LenaW95
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015

This is NOT a Zoo, it is an animal shelter where animals are brought. They come from the illegal sales, or are found injured, and since they've been outside the wilderness for so long, most of them cannot go back, therefore, this place brings them a home of love and hope. It is built and ran by people who genuinely... More 

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Thank Caro P
Santa Cruz, Bolivia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

This place is foremost an animal refuge and not really a zoo. If you come here looking for a quiet place to spend a couple of hours with a playground for the kids and a lot of animals (some in cages, some free) then you will really enjoy it here. The staff is mostly volunteers and very friendly that with... More 

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