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Yesterday, Costa Rica lawmakers approved a law that prohibits hunting for sport, enforcing wildlife protection. The law only allows hunting for scientific research, subsistence and species control. The law is expected to be signed next week by President Laura Chinchilla who supports the bill. Costa Rica will become the first nation in the America’s to ban hunting for sport. Hunters violating the law would have to be a fine up to $3000. This landmark law marks a major victory for wildlife protection. Continue Reading
The Osa Peninsula is one of the most protected regions in Costa Rica with an incredible diversity of rare and exotic wildlife. Corcovado National Park and the many reserves in the area including the Sierpe Terrapa Wetland Reserve make it an excellent vacation spot for ecotourism and outdoor activities. 25% of Costa Rica’s land mass is protected either as a park or as a reserve. Founded in 1994, 66, 850 acres of raw nature make up this reserve. It is considered the richest mangrove swamp in the world. With its winding waterways and elaborate network of canals, lagoons, swamps and mangrove forests makes this reserve an excellent place for a boating bird watching tour. It is home to two of Costa Rica’s endemic bird species plus numerous migratory and resident birds. Of course, as I mentioned earlier this week, the Sierpe River mangroves are also great for fishing. The reserve is a wonder of nature teaming with exotic wildlife to be observed and explored. Continue Reading
Along a remote beach in the Golfo Dulce covering some 700 acres that borders Piedras Blancas National Park and 25-miles from Puerto Jiminez, lies a sanctuary for the wild. Carol Crews is a San Franciscan native who came to Costa Rica only to accidentally find her true calling in life. In 1996, she started the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is a non-profit supported by researchers, conservationists and volunteers. Continue Reading
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