The Wildlife of the Osa Peninsula in Southern Costa Rica

May 30, 2014

If you are looking for the real Costa Rica experience of wild nature and lush rain forests.   Take a look to the South.

The Osa Peninsula, in the south pacific coast of Costa Rica, is worldly famous for its astonishing biodiversity. Aside from being the last remaining tract of primary rainforest on the pacific coast in all Mesoamerica, the variety of species found at this place is off the charts: estimated in as much as 2,5% of the total species in the world. Part of its uniqueness is also reflected by the unusually high rate of endemism, that is, many species naturally occur here and nowhere else in the world!

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Motion Camera Picture of a Strong healthy Puma on the Lapa Rios Ridge Trail on the Osa Peninsula

Among the myriad of animals that inhabit this biological gem are five of the six species of wildcats that can be found in Costa Rica. The jaguar, puma, ocelot, jaguarondi, and margay, all dwell in these lush jungles. Though they may have thrived in the past throughout all the country and beyond, nowadays their populations have become scarce due to hunting and loss of habitat.

Corcovado National Park is a major haven for big species like the wildcats. But it”™s not enough. Efforts are being made in creating biological corridors that connect the several different protected areas in the region. At Lapa Rios Eco Lodge, a nature reserve of a thousand acres is a part of this network of protected corridors. This will allow animals to move from one to another, increasing their hunting areas and health of their genetic pools. But in order to create these corridors and decide at which points the protection of the land is of crucial importance, first, the numbers of their populations and transit routes already in use need to be determined.

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White-lipped peccaries are bigger and harder to see on the Osa Peninsula than the other species of collared peccaries.

It is for this purpose that Lapa Rios Eco Lodge takes part in a program of monitoring the animal activity with motion-activated cameras. This is a joint effort that involves the participation of The University of Alabama, local NGO Osa Conservation, and the Smithsonian Institute.

The exciting news is that as soon as one week after installing the cameras we got some very promising results, images were captured of a puma (Puma concolor), as well as a pack of its staple diet item, the white lipped peccaries (Tayassu pecari).

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The Tayra is seen at and around the Lapa Rios Eco Lodge especially at night.

Based on the data obtained from this non-invasive method we can properly prioritize where and how to focus the conservation efforts. Also, it allows the privilege of obtaining improbable photos of elusive animals in the wild, such as the tayra (Eira barbara).

The  Cayuga Collection  of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Eco Lodges operates several resorts and lodges between Manuel Antonio and the Osa Peninsula.  They serve as the perfect base to explore this very special part of Costa Rica.

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Hammock on private deck at Lapa Rios Ecolodge on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica

Lapa Rios Eco Lodge Client Comments: It took a little time for us to adjust to being so close to nature

October 4, 2013

When you take the time to read the four volumes of guest comments that have been written by the guests of Lapa Rios Ecolodge on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica in the last 20 years, it is always amazing to see how many guests that had amazing experiences struggled with being so close to nature during the first hours of their stay.  It is not surprising as most of our guests come from big cities where we are removed from nature and the contact with animals and the forest is minimal.   But then, once the “fear” is left behind and curiosity awakes, magic happens.  Read for yourself from this comment that was left by visitors from Los Angeles in late September.

Birdwatching Tours in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

September 12, 2013

The  bird watching tour  is one of the activities that is done in the reserve of  Arenas Del Mar, and recently they had the opportunity to see one of the most beautiful birds of  Costa Rica, the Black mandible toucan.  This bird has a long bill that helps it look in holes for insects, but it also eats fruits, lizards and other small animals is part of the diet of this amazing bird.

The largest toucan in Costa Rica, the black mandible toucan.

Be sure to do this tour during your visit of Arenas Del Mar, besides toucans you can also see hummingbirds, flycatchers, parakeets and parrots and other tropical birds.

Arenas Del Mar reserve is one of the best places for wildlife photography”¦. ¨  

Schools of Fish and Herds of Cows

July 9, 2013

Did you know that a lot of the animals found in Costa Rica and Nicaragua have strange names when they form groups? A school of fish and a herd of cows are commonly known, but we’re sure a consortium of crabs is new to you! Here are some more examples:

  •  A cauldron of bats
  • A troop or barrel of monkeys
  • A dray or scurry of squirrels
  • A pod, gam, or herd of whales
  • A cast, kettle (when they”™re in flight), or boil (two or more spiraling in the air) of hawks
  • A sedge or siege of herons
  • A parliament of owls
  • A pandemonium or company of parrots
  • A descent of woodpeckers
  • An army of frogs
  • A maelstrom of salamanders
  • A nest of snakes or vipers
  • A cloud of grasshoppers

Now you know! Learn more about wildlife at any of the eight hotels, resorts and eco lodges in Costa Rica and Nicaragua that Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality manages.

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The Love Story of Macaws

June 11, 2013

Macaws are a very popular bird in Costa Rica and can often be seen at Lapa Rios Eco Lodge.   They are very powerful birds with very strong beaks and toes.   Although they may seem a little feisty, I bet you didn”™t realize the romantic love story of macaws much like Romeo and Juliet.   Once macaws mate, they mate with the same macaw for life.   This relationship between the birds is very special because they are only one of a few animals in the world that have the same mate for life.

Not only do they mate for life, but the birds take care of each other; sharing food and grooming each other too.

And unfortunately, when one of the macaws dies, the mate usually dies within the next week.   I guess you could say there is such a thing as a broken heart, even for macaws.

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