5 strange and exotic animals you do not want to miss in Costa Rica


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Sandwiched between North and South America and two oceans, Costa Rica is an amazing bridge of biodiversity bursting with natural wonders. For such a small country, it is home to more than 500,000 species; 250 of which are mammals.

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5 strange and exotic animals you do not want to miss in Costa Rica

  1. 1. 5 Strange and exotic animals you don’t want to miss in Costa Rica Real Eco Lodge in Costa Rica: Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge
  2. 2. Central American agouti • Aa large rodent, kind of like a hamster on steroids, which feeds mainly on fruits and seeds. You can see them roaming the forest foraging during the day.
  3. 3. Tayra The tayra (Eira barbara), also known as the tolomuco or perico ligero in Central America, irara in Brazil, san hol or viejo de monte in the Yucatan Peninsula, and high-woods dog (or historically chien bois) in Trinidad, [is an omnivorous animal from the weasel family Mustelidae. It is the only species in the genus Eira. There are at least nine subspecies.
  4. 4. White-nosed coati • The white-nosed coati , also known as coatimundi is a species of coati and a member of the family Procyonidae. Local names include pizote, antoon, and tejón. The last, which mainly is used in Mexico, means badger. It weighs about 4–6 kg (8.8–13.2 lb). However, males are much larger than females, and small females weigh as little as 2.5 kg (5.5 lb) and large males as much as 12.2 kg (27 lb).On average, the total length is about 110 cm (43 in), about half of that being the tail length.
  5. 5. Sloths • Sloths are known for being incredibly slow; sloths sleep 16 to 18 hours a day and live high in the tree canopy, coming down only once a week or so to relieve body waste. Although slow in the trees and walking, they are actually strong swimmers. They eat mostly buds, tender shoots and leaves, mainly of Cecropia trees.
  6. 6. Northern tamandua • The Northern Tamandua is a mediumsized anteater with a prehensile tail that can latch onto tree trunks and branches. Its fur is pale yellow over most of the body, with a distinctive “vest” of black fur. Living mostly in the trees, its tongue is long and covered in sticky saliva able to pick up ants and termites – these animals might eat up to 9,000 insects in one day. Northern Tamanduas are mainly nocturnal.
  7. 7. • See these animals and much more at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge on their 165-acre private reserve bordering the Piedras Blancas National Park at Golfo Dulce. The eco-lodge is a great place for travelers interested in ecotourism, nature and adventure. For the best wildlife viewing, go on a guided hike on the lodge’s trails in the early morning or just before sunset. • Contact Us: US Toll-Free: 1-866-504-8116 • Costa Rica Sales Office: +506-2258-8250 or +506-2222-0704 • reservations@nicuesalodge.com | wwww.nicuesalodge.com