Wildlife in Guanacaste Costa Rica
Guanacaste Wildlife – Costa Rica Jaguars, Sloths, Toucans and more
If there is one thing that makes Costa Rica stand out, it’s the huge efforts made to maintain biodiversity in their regions: over 25% of their territories are national parks, natural reserves and animal sanctuary sites like ours in Diamante Eco Adventure Park. In the midst of this effort, Guanacaste natural parks are a reference. In Guanacaste encloses an exotic and impressive natural diversity, some of them have been declared protected area by the UNESCO in 1999. In Guanacaste, comfort and luxury are exquisitely juxtaposed with a rich and overwhelming nature, and this gorgeous contrast makes it the tourist destination par excellence.
It’s also almost impossible to get bored in Guanacaste, because there is a huge variety of habitats and wildlife. For instance, the Barra Honda National Park is in a tall mountain, where an intricate network of caves and rock formations are hidden. There are 19 caves open to the public for explorations and guide tours. In this inhospitable place of deep caves coexist several species of bats, while outside the hill that houses the cave is home to the white-faced monkeys, coyotes, armadillos, vultures, anteaters, squirrels and deer.
Santa Rosa National Park and Guanacaste National Parks are of vital importance to Costa Rica, not only because in this area historical facts related to its independence movement were developed, but because it has at least ten natural habitats: oak forests, mangrove swamps riparian forests, beaches, sheets and many more. This biodiversity gives this national park with a wealth of impressive wildlife. Santa Rosa and Guanacaste are home to at least 300 species of birds, 100 amphibians and reptiles, tens of thousands of insects and 140 species of mammals, among which the puma, white-faced monkey, peccary, pumas, raccoons, armadillos, deer, jaguars, tapirs and peccaries. If you want to give a closer look you can do it in our animal sanctuary, here you will see: Butterfly Observatory, Frogs, Snakes, Exotic birds, Sloths, Crocodiles, Reptiles, Toucans, Hummingbirds, Exotic Birds, Monkeys.
But if marine life is what you want to meet, then the Las Baulas Marine National Park and Wildlife Refuge Ostional are ideal for you. Las Baulas was specially created to protect the Leatherback turtles, the biggest species of marine turtles in the world that come to nest in three beaches. This species is endangered and its spawning period is usually between November and April, months in which everyone can enjoy this wonderful natural phenomenon. While in the Ostional wildlife refuge are the olive ridley turtles who will lay their eggs in season from July to November.
For those who love cats and cats, the private shelter Los Pumas and our Animal Sanctuary in Diamante Eco Adventure Park can be a must. It is the largest in Latin America and is home to wild cats, including six species native to Costa Rica. The swiss couples Lilly and Werner Hagnauer are responsible for protecting jaguars, pumas, manigordos, tigrillos, leones breñeros y cauceles, sometimes rescued from circus or homes.
Needless to say, it is almost impossible to summarize in a few lines the incredible wealth of wildlife found in Costa Rica, specifically in the area of Guanacaste, where they make life hundreds of birds, mammals, reptiles and insects. The magic of its fauna and the charm of this land is something that must be experienced firsthand. Maybe after tour visit, you’ll deeply understand and know the importance of environmental conservation.
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