Watch: Spotting the elusive tapir in Bijagua, Costa Rica
The Central American tapir is large. In fact, it’s the largest terrestrial mammal in the Neotropics.
Known colloquially as the “danta,” the Central American tapir (Tapirus bairdii) can be difficult to spot. It’s primarily nocturnal, largely solitary and in danger of extinction.
Thankfully, people across Costa Rica and the region now recognize the importance of the danta. Last week, we visited one of those people — Donald Varela Soto and his Tapir Valley Nature Reserve in Bijagua de Upala.
After a hike through the private reserve, seeing snakes and frogs as we went, we finally found what we were looking for. Check it out:
In addition to Tapir Valley Nature Reserve, Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula and the Cerro Dantas Wildlife Refuge in Heredia are excellent spots for seeing a danta.
You may be interested
Costa Rica offering all-expenses-paid vacations: How to enterAlejandro Zúñiga - November 26, 2020
Costa Rica is offering all-expenses-paid vacations for U.S. and Canadian residents who have found life’s essentials during what has been…
Thanksgiving in Costa Rica was a long time comingRebecca Kimitch - November 26, 2020
For Thanksgiving 2020 we're looking back on a 2005 piece that, in turn, looked back on Thanksgivings past in Costa…
The race to obtain coronavirus vaccines in Latin AmericaAFP Bureaus - November 26, 2020
While the world waits for vaccine candidates to complete trials and pass safety tests, Latin American countries are accelerating negotiations…