If the Central Valley is part of your upcoming Costa Rica vacation itinerary, be sure to include a visit to Alajuelaâ€™s Zoo Ave. While literally translated as â€śBird Zoo,â€ť this unique attraction is much more than a sanctuary for our feathered friends â€“ Zoo Ave is a wildlife rescue and breeding center for the countryâ€™s orphaned and mistreated creatures. Managed by theÂ Fundacion Restauracion de la Naturaleza, the non-profit refuge is home to more than 200 species, and boasts Central Americaâ€™s largest collection of birds. Zoo Ave makes for a great Costa Rica activity for a family of all ages.
Feathered frenzy: Macaws, Peacocks and Quetzals
True to its name, Zoo Ave entices visitors with avian fauna of all shapes and colors â€“ including parrots and peacocks that roam the grounds freely. The center cares for curassows, toucans, several types of endangered macaws that were once kept illegally as pets, along with the brilliant resplendent quetzal. With the help of specially-trained staff, volunteers and an onsite incubator, the zoo has successfully bred nearly 50 native species including scarlet and green macaws, black guans, and most recently, the king vulture. The new chick made headlines a couple of weeks ago, as this is the first of its kind to be bred in captivity in Latin America. Since the king vulture is on the verge of extinction, zoo keepers were thrilled with this latest addition to the refuge. (more…)