Discovering the Natural Protected Areas of Costa Rica South Pacific
Discovering the Natural
Protected Areas of
Costa Rica South Pacific
Conserving the Osa Peninsula Region
Costa Rica Conversation Initiatives:
Manu Ecological Sanctuary
Manu is a 37-year ecological project managed by a local family in a place called
Corredores, between Ciudad Neilly and Paso Canoas. It has a 100-hectare area
spread over 47 ha. of primary forest; 37 ha. of secondary forest, and 16 ha. for
agricultural purposes. It also offers 3 creeks and 8 ponds.
More info: https://www.facebook.com/santuarioecologicmanu
Golfito National Wildlife Refuge
There are many mammals living within the Park’s boundaries, such as the
Agouti, a rodent belonging to the Dasyproctidae family; which is helpful in
spreading seeds of different plants and fruits. It is possible to also find
raccoons and some reptiles such as snakes and frogs.
Piedras Blancas National Park
Piedras Blancas National Park is part of the Osa Peninsula Conservation Area.
It is located near La Gamba town, Puntarenas, southern province of Costa
Rica. Rainforests and beaches along Golfo Dulce (pacific coast gulf), are
protected under national parks regulation. Since 1991, Piedras Blancas used
to be part of the Corcovado National Park, called Esquinas Sector at that
time; but in 1999 it became a separate national park. Until mid-90’s, the Park
was severely endangered by deforestation.
More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piedras_Blancas_National_Park
La Amistad International Park
La Amistad International Park, formerly La Amistad National Park, is a Trans
boundary Protected Area in Latin America, whose management is shared
between Costa Rica (La Amistad Caribbean and Pacific Conservation Areas)
and Panama, following a recommendation by UNESCO after the Park was
included in the World Heritage Site list.
More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Amistad_International_Park
Humedal Nacional Térraba Sierpe
The Térraba-Sierpe National Wetland is highly generous in terms of
biodiversity since it has four families of mangrove, namely: Rhizophoraceae,
Combretaceae, Pelliciera and Avicenniaceae (Cordoba-Muñoz et al. 1998).
Along the local tours, visitors can see a number of birds and reptiles, as well
as mammals that use the wetlands as a vital passageway and source of food.
More info: http://www.sinac.go.cr/AC/ACOSA/ASPs/HNTS/Paginas/default.aspx
Marino Ballena National Park
Marino Ballena National Park is named after the Humpback Whales that
migrate here each year from December to April, to mate before returning to
the frigid northern waters.
More info: http://marinoballena.org/
Corcovado National Park
This costa rican National Park conserves the largest primary forest on the
American Pacific coastline, and one of the few remaining sizeable lowland
rainforests areas in the world. Deforestation usually takes place in lowland
areas because those areas are more accessible and contain the largest and
most economically valuable trees. But those habitats are also usually the
richest in biodiversity. Piedras Blancas and Corcovado National Parks are
committed to protect these natural sanctuaries.
More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corcovado_National_Park
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