Chestnut Mandibled Toucan in Corcovado National Park

Chestnut-Mandibled Toucan in Corcovado National Park, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

40 Amazing Costa Rican Wildlife Species

 

The other day, during a conversation about places we’ve traveled to and would never re-visit, we were flabbergasted when a friend suggested that Costa Rica had nothing further to offer her.

 

We’ve been to the Central American ecotourism hotspot three times now, exploring nooks and crannies ranging from the rivers of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge (near the Nicaragua border) to the cloudforests of Monteverde, to the remote Caribbean coast of Tortuguero National Park. With its remarkable range of ecosystems– from sunny beaches and volcano-fed hot springs to the world’s most bio-diverse rainforests– we couldn’t imagine anyone getting bored with exploring the country.

 

Our appreciation was significantly heightened by our recent trip to the Osa Peninsula’s Corcovado National Park  as part of EcoAdventure Media‘s #EcoCostaRica press trip. Called “the most biologically intense place on Earth” by National Geographic, the park contains approximately 5% of all wildlife species found on the planet.

 

Truth be told, the whole country is a wildlife-lover’s dream come true. To illustrate that point, we collaborated with our EcoAdventure Media pals to create this epic photo gallery of 40 Costa Rican wildlife species. Though it contains only a fraction of the amazing animals you can hope to see during your visit (sadly, no shots of hard-to-spot species such as jaguars, anteaters, pumas, and harpy eagles), it should give you a taste of why we keep going back to Costa Rica over and over again.  –Bret Love

 

Anhinga (Snake Bird) in Cano Negro National Wildlife Refuge

Anhinga (Snake Bird) in Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, by Barbara Weibel

 

American Crocodile in Sierpe River

American Crocodile in Sierpe River, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

Black-Crowned Night Heron in Cano Negro

Black-Crowned Night Heron in Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, by Barbara Weibel

 

Black-Throated Trogon in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Black-Throated Trogon in Corcovado National Park, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

Broad-billed Motmot at La Selva Biological Research Station

Broad-Billed Motmot at La Selva Biological Research Station, by Jim O’Donnell

 

Brown-throated sloth at La Selva Biological Research Station

Brown-Throated Sloth at La Selva Biological Research Station, by Jim O’Donnell

 

Caiman in Tortuguero National Park, Costa Rica

Caiman in Tortuguero National Park, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

Central-American-Whiptail-Ameiva-festiva-La-Selva-Biological-Research-Station

Central American Whiptail at La Selva Biological Research Station, by Jim O’Donnell

 

Collared Peccary in Corcovado National Park

Collared Peccary in Corcovado National Park, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

Coati Eating Crab in Corcovado National Park

Coati Eating Crab in Corcovado National Park, by Matthew Karsten

 

Crimson Collared Tanager in Tirimbina Biological Reserve

Crimson Collared Tanager in Tirimbina Biological Reserve, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

Elephant Beetle Near La Pavona

Elephant Beetle in La Pavona, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

Evergreen Toad in Corcovado National Park

Evergreen Toad in Corcovado National Park, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

Giant Red-Winged Grasshopper in Tortuguero National Park

Giant Red-Winged Grasshopper in Tortuguero National Park, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

Golden-Browed Chlorophonia in Rio Savegre

Golden-Browed Chlorophonia near Rio Savegre, by Jim O’Donnell

 

Great Blue Heron in Palo Verde National Park

Great Blue Heron in Palo Verde National Park, by Mariellen Ward

 

Green & Black Poison Dart Frog in Tortuguero National Park

Green & Black Poison Dart Frog in Tortuguero National Park, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

 

Juvenile Green Iguana in Tortuguero National Park

Juvenile Green Iguana in Tortuguero National Park, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

Green Iguana (Adult) in Tortuguero National Park

Green Iguana (Adult) in Tortuguero National Park, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

Green Violetear Hummingbird in the Savegre-Watershed

Green Violetear Hummingbird in the Savegre Watershed, by Jim O’Donnell

 

Hognosed Pit Viper in Piedras Blancas National Park

Hognosed Pit Viper in Piedras Blancas National Park, by Matthew Karsten

 

Howler Monkey in Tirimbina Biological Reserve

Howler Monkey in Tirimbina Biological Reserve, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

Jesus Christ Lizard in Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

Jesus Christ Lizard in Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, by Barbara Weibel

 

Long-Nosed Bats in Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

Long-Nosed Bats in Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, by Barbara Weibel

 

Mangrove Hawk in Corcovado National Park

Mangrove Hawk in Corcovado National Park, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

Parrot Snake at La Selva Biological Research Station

Parrot Snake at La Selva Biological Research Station, by Jim O’Donnell

 

Red-Eyed Tree Frog near Rio Sarapiqui

Red-Eyed Tree Frog Near Rio Sarapiqui, by Jim O’Donnell

 

Resplendent Quetzal Near Rio Savegre

Resplendent Quetzal Near Rio Savegre, by Jim O’Donnell

 

Roseate Spoonbills in Tortuguero National Park

Roseate Spoonbills in Tortuguero National Park, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

Salmon-bellied Racer at La Selva Biological Research Station

Salmon-bellied Racer at La Selva Biological Research Station, by Jim O’Donnell

 

Scarlet Macaws at the ARA Project in Punta Islita

Scarlet Macaws at the ARA Project in Punta Islita, by Mariellen Ward

 

Three-Toed Sloth (Mama & baby) in Tortuguero National Park

3-Toed Sloth (Mama & Baby) in Tortuguero National Park, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

Spider Monkey in Corcovado National Park

Spider Monkey in Corcovado National Park, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

Tapir (Sleeping) In Corcovado National Park

Tapir (Sleeping) in Corcovado National Park, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

Tiger Heron in Tortuguero National Park

Tiger Heron in Tortuguero National Park, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

Sea Turtle Baby in Tortuguero National Park

Sea Turtle Baby in Tortuguero National Park, by Matthew Karsten

 

Snowy Egret in Tortuguero National Park

Snowy Egret in Tortuguero National Park, by Matthew Karsten 

 

Strawberry Poison Dart Frog in Tortuguero National Park

Strawberry Poison Dart Frog in Tortuguero National Park, by Matthew Karsten

 

White-Faced Capuchin Monkey in Corcovado National Park

White-Faced Capuchin in Corcovado National Park, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

Yellow-Headed_Caracara in Corcovado National Park

Yellow-Headed Caracara in Corcovado National Park, by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

 

Matthew Karsten’s photos provided via Expert Vagabond

Jim O’Donnell’s photos provided via Around the World in Eighty Years

Mariellen Ward’s photos provided via Breathedreamgo

Barbara Weibel’s photos provided via Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel

 

 

If you enjoyed our Costa Rican Wildlife Species photo gallery, you might also like: 

La Roya: Central America’s Coffee Crisis

COSTA RICA: The Journey To Corcovado National Park

COSTA RICA: Casa Corcovado Jungle Lodge

COSTA RICA: Lankester Botanical Gardens

COSTA RICA: Pura Vida in #EcoCostaRica

COSTA RICA: Wildlife Safari Thorugh Tortuguero National Park

COSTA RICA: Something In The Water & Air

 

 

 

 

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