Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse places in the world and there is no way that I can name every animal there is. So I decided to do a list of the most representative animals from Costa Rica’s Wildlife.
1. Magnificent Frigate Bird: The frigate birds are a family of seabirds and are also called frigate pelicans. It can be found breeding along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.
2. Cattle Egret: They are commonly found around bodies of water. These are migratory birds known as a cosmopolitan specie of heron. In Costa Rica it is commonly found it Cocos Island.
3. Clay Colored Robins: The Clay-colored Robin is a small common Middle American bird known for “calling the rain”. Costa Ricans chose the clay-colored robin as a national symbol due to its strong and melodious song. It is also known as yigirro. It can be found all over in Costa Rica.
4. Boa Constrictors: The Boa constrictor is a large, heavy-bodied species of snake that strangles its prey instead of using venom. They are also ambush predators. It can be found in the Caribbean, Northern and Central Pacific regions of Costa Rica.
5. Deer: The White-Tailed Deer is a long-legged, fast-moving mammal and the smallest members of the North American deer family. White tailed deer are very commonly seen in North and Central America, in Costa Rica it can be found all over the country.
6. Squirrel Monkeys: Their full name is black crowned Central American squirrel Monkeys and can be found in the Costa Rican rainforests. Unlike the other New World monkeys, their tail is not used for climbing, but as a kind of “balancing pole” and as a tool.
7. Sloths: Sloths are extremely slow-moving mammals. Actually they are the world’s slowest mammal, so sedentary that algae grow on its furry coat. They can be found in the rain forest canopies of Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica.
8. Silky Anteaters: Silky anteaters are the smallest anteater species in the world. They have a total length ranging from 3.6 to 4.5 cm. The Silky Anteater is a slow moving animal and feeds mainly on ants, between 100 and 8000 a day. They can also be found in Costa Rica’s lowland rain forests.
9. Raccoons: Raccoons are medium-sized mammals that learned to live close to humans. And have a reputation of nocturne thieves. They are found throughout different landscapes of Costa Rica such as rainforests, cloud forests and beaches.
10. Kinkajous: They are also known as honey bear, because when in captivity they seem to enjoy eating honey. They can be seen in Drake Bay, Costa Rica. They are nocturnal animals and are rarely seen.
11. Coatis: Coatis are these long animals with a long snout. They look nothing like raccoons, yet they are family. They live in a wide variety of terrain, such as the lowland rainforests, river woodlands-Tortuguero, bushy and rocky terrain, though they are usually found in heavily forested areas of Costa Rica.
12. Agoutis: Agoutis are normally called Tepezcuintles in Central America. They are small rodents that look a bit alike a guinea pig. In Costa Rica they can be seen in Corcovado National Park and in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
13. Green Iguanas: These are herbivorous reptiles great tree jumpers and fantastic swimmers. They can be found all over Costa Rica.
14. Scarlet Macaws: These are tropical, colorful birds that can reach a meter long. The best places to find the Scarlet Macaw in Costa Rica is Carara National Park and the Osa Peninsula.
15. Jaguars: Besides Guatemala and Belize, Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica has one of the highest Jaguar populations in the world. The Jaguar is the 3rd largest feline after Tiger and Lion. They live mainly in dense forests.
16. Tayras: These animals are also known as Perico ligero in Central America. It is part of the weasel family and thrives in Corcovado National Park. They like to eat fruit, carrion, small mammals, reptiles and birds.
17. Biard’s Tapir: html One of the largest mammals to be found in Corcovado National Park, the Biard’s Tapir, was named after the American naturalist Spencer Fullerton Baird who traveled to Mexico in 1843 and observed the animals.
18. Crocodiles: American Crocodiles are considered to be one of the most perfect creatures in the world when it comes to hunting and surviving. Besides being the most biologically complex reptile. Another interesting thing is that they have the strongest immunity system of all creatures. They can be found in Jaco’s Tarcoles River, Costa Rica.
19. Collared Peccary: It is the only wild, native, pig-like animal that you will smell before you see it! They can be found in Corcovado National Park and Monteverde Cloud Forest, Costa Rica. They live near water systems with plenty of shade because they are unable to evaporate moisture through panting to prevent overheating.
20. Fer de Lance: This is the most deadliest snake in Costa Rica and Central America. Found mainly in the Rain Forests of Costa Rica, especially Corcovado National Park, it also thrives and isn’t shy in areas inhabited by people where large rat populations exist.
21. Humpback Whale: Humpbacks can be found in all the oceans of the world. However they choose to come to the tropical waters, off of Drake Bay and Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica, during winter for breeding and birthing baby whales.
22. Margay Wild Cat: At one point this beautiful little wildcat used to be found everywhere in Costa Rica. It was considered least-likely to be endangered, but unfortunately it isn’t immune to the human effect. Now a days you can find then in Corcovado National Park.
23. Pacific Spotted Dolphin: One of the most intelligent mammals of the water is on constant Welcome Committee Watch when you arrive to the southern coastal areas of Costa Rica – Drake Bay, Osa Peninsula, Corcovado National Park and the nearby beaches.
24. Howler Monkeys: Howler monkeys are the largest of all new world monkeys. They live in Central and South America. In Costa Rica, Corcovado National Park is the host of a lot of Howler Monkeys.
25. Sea Turtles: In the whole wide world there are only seven sea turtle species, four of them frequent Costa Rica and nest here. Out of these four all of them are on the highly critical endangered species list. They nest in Tortuguero National Park, Mario Ballena National Park and Ostional Wildlife Refuge.