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Zoorefugio Tarqui

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A good place for a visit

We were traveling from Tena to Riobamba and stopped here for lunch and to see the zoo. If I didn´t... read more

Reviewed 2 January 2016
Good birding

Pleasant place to spend an hour or two. I usually hate zoos, but this place seems set up with the... read more

Reviewed 13 June 2015
Helen N
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  • Average15%
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  • Terrible3%
12 Oct 2018
“Great zoo”
8 Feb 2017
“Good zoo facility for rescued animals”
Tarqui, Puyo 160150, Ecuador
+593 3-253-5193
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Reviewed 12 October 2018

We volunteered here for three weeks and had a fabulous time. The ownwers are dedicated to the animals and receive no funding from anywhere so all your donations will help benefit the animals. Well worth a visit if in Puyo. Take your swimming costume as...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank sue n n
Reviewed 8 February 2017

Spent a couple hours here this week, cats, monkeys, capybaras, tapirs, snakes, birds, quite a selection of critters. Having been to a couple other "rescue" zoos, this one was okay, not as good as others I have seen, but the animals appeared to have spacious...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

A fabulous place to see animals that have been rescued from the jungle. A good range of animals from pumas and jaguars to tapirs and monkeys. Definately worth a visit.

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank jktraveller2015
Reviewed 3 June 2016

Like the name of this place states, it is a sanctuary for abused animals and animals who were caught only to be sold on the black market. It is a really nice, spacious place with quite a lot of animals. I really enjoyed it! I...More

Date of experience: August 2015
1  Thank JuliaB6709
Reviewed 2 January 2016

We were traveling from Tena to Riobamba and stopped here for lunch and to see the zoo. If I didn´t have my GPS on my iPhone, I think this place would be hard to find as there are no signs in Puyo. As others have...More

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank 905evaj
Reviewed 11 December 2015

The zoorefugio Tarqui will allow you to see many different animals, but the cages are not that big and they won't allow you to take good pictures. The owners can speak a bit of English but most workers speak only Spanish. There is also a...More

Date of experience: November 2015
1  Thank Debora B
Reviewed 13 June 2015 via mobile

Pleasant place to spend an hour or two. I usually hate zoos, but this place seems set up with the welfare of the (apparently mostly rescued animals) to the fore. It was an opportunity to see Amazonian animals which are rarely encountered by travellers....tapir, big...More

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank Helen N
Reviewed 29 December 2014

I found this place on TRipadvisor. There are about 2-3 more "Animal Rescue Centers" I saw around Puyo and did not go in, and this was my first, so I don't really have anything to compare it it but we stopped on our way to...More

Date of experience: December 2014
1  Thank Kris A
Reviewed 5 May 2014

Tarqui is a little gem of a place run by a super committed family that really invest themselves into the park. We volunteered here for two weeks and loved every minute, despite the work being hard. For the day visitor, the park has a great...More

Date of experience: May 2014
5  Thank twohermitcrabs
Reviewed 17 September 2013

In the refugee you can find a variety of animals, all from the amazon. These animals are all rescued animals or from illegal traffic or from people that kept them as pets but then can not take care of them anymore. The work the owners...More

Date of experience: May 2013
4  Thank Anneliesva
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