Safaricks Rescue and Rehabilitation Zoo
Lush, tropical grounds near a beautiful beach are home to a rescue clinic and zoo. Created by animal lovers, the zoo showcases dozens of native healthy birds, butterflies, and animals, and nursing other unfortunate animals back to health. Book this Colon tour now for incredible insight into animal rescue in Panama.
Whether the animal was injured, orphaned, or abused, the zoo employs their motto: "Saving one animal will not change the world, but the world will change for that one animal." Led by college graduates who've specialized in plant or animal studies, the tour guides provide both insight and unbelievable access to birds, monkeys, butterflies, sloths, and more.
For instance, the walk through aviary is over 100 feet long with 26 bird species, including spectacled owls, yellow (green and red) fronted parrots, scarlet macaws, peacocks, and keel-billed toucans. Because you're enclosed with the birds in Panama's largest aviary, you have the unique opportunity to interact with the birds, unlike many typical zoos.
Upon entering the butterfly enclosure, you'll encounter hundreds of spectacularly colored tropical butterflies living in their lush natural habitat. This Colon tour is a truly treasured experience, offering a one-of-a-kind photo-op with these friendly creatures.
The animal clinic features animals in varied stages of care. Ministerio del Ambiente, Panama's National Environmental Authority often brings animals to the rescue clinic. Here, you'll see some animals quarantined for observation, others rehabilitating injuries, and some who have returned to health but are deemed unable to adapt to the wild, thus remaining in care.
Your Colon tour concludes in the gift shop. Your purchases help cover the expenses of animal care provided at the zoo. After the Colon tour, enjoy a choice of Caribbean hamburger, veggie burger, or chicken wrap. All sandwiches come with fries and a non-alcoholic beverage. You can eat on the grounds or visit the beach nearby. Book today to complete your next awesome vacation.
Reviewer: Laura Whiteaker
This was a really good tour. Although the meet-up was problematic but that was a problem more of being independent of the cruise ship and the Panama port authority. The directions for the meet-up were sorely lacking but another tour guide outside the cruise terminal was more than happy to call for me and get everything worked out. The guides at the 'zoo' were very enthusiastic and tried to hard to pass that on with their somewhat halting English (but a heck of a lot better than my non-existent Spanish). The tour included lunch at a pavilion at the beach nearby which was superb (they went out of the way to supply my vegetarian needs). It was a bit of a nail bitter getting back to the ship on time but it turns out we arrived back with an hour to spare so wasted worry! I would certainly recommend this tour for those interested in biological recovery.
I found it strange that the owner is from Canada. What a change in climate and surroundings. They really care about what they are doing, and it shows in the tour offered. If I visit the country again, I would try to include this tour again.