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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]

October 7th, 2013 by Anamaya Resort
Biology The kinkajou is a rainforest mammal of the family Procyonidae related to olingos, coatis, raccoons, and the ringtail and cacomistle. It is the sole member of the potos family and is also known as the "honey bear" (a name that it shares with the sun bear). Kinkajous can often be confused with ferrets or monkeys, but are not related... [read more]

October 7th, 2013 by Anamaya Resort
Biology Jaguarundi can be found from northern Argentina to the south-western part of the United States. Their primary habitat lowlands, but they can be also be spotted high as 10,000ft. They seem to prefer regions enclosed with low or undersized shrubs or trees, close to water bodies, than dense and large areas of wet jungles. In contrast most other cats... [read more]

Anteater (Tamandua)
October 7th, 2013 by Anamaya Resort
Biology Of the three anteater species in Costa Rica, the Northern Tamandua, or Lesser anteater as it is often called; is the most commonly spotted type of anteater. The Tamandua will grow to be about two feet long and weigh approximately ten pounds. It’s about half the size of the Giant anteater and has a broad black vest with a... [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]