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Sustainability in Costa Rica
April 1st, 2014 by Andrea Zolna
Costa Rica Sustainability Programs Costa Rica is on the forefront of working to create a cleaner and greener world. The government aims to be fully carbon neutral by 2021 and is working along with most of these organizations to make it happen! Costa Rica already owes 94% of it’s energy to alternative energy sources (hydroelectric, wind & geothermal), and a 3.5% tax on gasoline... [read more]

October 7th, 2013 by Anamaya Resort
Caracara - Birds of Costa Rica Biology The Crested Caracara is one of the three species of caracaras found in Costa Rica. It is a member of the hawk family and is the national bird of Mexico. This shrewd bird has moved southwards and is often seen on roads, hunting for roadkills. They can also pursue vultures or pelicans in the air and annoy them until... [read more]

White Throated Magpie Jay
October 7th, 2013 by Anamaya Resort
White-throated magpie jay of Costa Rica Biology One of the New World jays, the white-throated magpie-jay is a big blue, black and white bird that features a sprightly black plume. It is primarily found in tropical dry forests, and goes along this habitat through its southern limit in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, turning it over to its close counterpart, the black-throated magpie-jay, around Jalisco, Mexico. In the... [read more]

October 7th, 2013 by Geoff McCabe
Collared Aracari Biology The collared aracari is a tiny peculiar-looking toucan with a obvious and awkwardly-oversized bill. It can be commonly spotted throughout its 500,000 square mile Latin American region, and frequently seen at Anamaya Resort, where groups of aracaris are often seeing foraging through local fruiting trees. There are 14 known species of aracaris, all sporting slender bodies, vividly-colored plumages and... [read more]

Spotted Skunk
October 7th, 2013 by Anamaya Resort
Spotted Skunk Biology The Western Spotted Skunk is a tiny, relatively slender skunk with glossy black fur interrupted with distinct white stripes on the forward part of the body. The posterior portion of the body has two interrupted white bands with one white spot on each side of the rump and a couple more at the base of its tail. The top... [read more]

Humpback Whales
October 7th, 2013 by Anamaya Resort
Humpback Whales in Costa Rica Biology The humpback whale is one of the most recognizable whale species. Towering anywhere between 40 and 50 feet in length, a humpback whale can weigh up to a staggering 48 tons. They are easily identified from other whale species owing to their huge flippers, almost a third of their entire body size, and the trademark hump on their backs.... [read more]

October 7th, 2013 by Anamaya Resort
Ctenasaur / Iguana of Costa Rica Biology This animal requires warm, sunny areas with perches, which may be stones, boulders, trees, snags, or fence posts to thrive. Beyond this specific need, its habitat is flexible. The ctenosaur can exist in beachside scrubs, dry deciduous and moist forests, and busy adjacent zones such as pastures. They can be found living unruffled in gardens and other settings within... [read more]

Green Iguana
October 7th, 2013 by Anamaya Resort
Green Iguana Costa Rica Biology The largest lizard species in Central America, the adult green iguana (Iguana iguana) can reach up to six feet in length and weighs up to twelve pounds. The species is well known for its long, whip-like long tail that accounts for more than half its total length. Like many lizards, green iguanas have devised an ingenious defence mechanism where... [read more]

October 7th, 2013 by Anamaya Resort
Agouti at Anamaya Resort Biology The Agouti is a tropical rodent that to most visitors appears a cross between a rabbit and a squirrel. It looks like a slightly larger version of the guinea pig. Agoutis are vital to the ecosystem in the sense that they are important seed predators who also act as dispersers. They feast on seeds from trees and will transport... [read more]

October 7th, 2013 by Anamaya Resort
Coati Costa Rica - Pizote Biology The Coati (Pizote in Spanish) is a member of the racoon family and can be easily distinguished with its long mobile snout and faintly ringed tail which is nearly as long as the rest of its body and often carried upright. Its body is colored pale to dark brown or reddish or yellowish and the tail banded yellow and... [read more]

White Faced Capuchin Monkey
October 7th, 2013 by Anamaya Resort
White Faced Capuchin Monkeys in Costa Rica Biology Capuchin monkeys, also known as the white-faced monkeys, inhabit the wet lowland forests on Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and Panama and dense dry forest on the Pacific coast. These monkeys sport a very distinguishable appearance from other Central American primates: they have a dark colored body that has a white top chest and shoulders and a white face... [read more]

Howler Monkeys
October 7th, 2013 by Geoff McCabe
Costa Rica Howler Monkey Biology One of Nicoya Peninsula’s (and Costa Rica’s) most commonly spotted mammals; the Mantled Howler Monkeys are recognized for their fascinating vocalizations (which can be heard almost 3-4 kilometres away) and incredible response communication patterns. Visitors can often hear their shrill calls around sunrise and sundown. The boisterous species also seem to respond to any other loud noises such as... [read more]