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Costa Rica zoo can be a depressing sight, but easy alternatives are few
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Costa Rica zoo can be a depressing sight, but easy alternatives are few

The Tico Times - May 20, 2016

Three of my colleagues told me they’d never been to the Simón Bolivar Zoo — which is three blocks from The Tico Times office in San José —…

Nosara’s ‘mama monkey’ making a big difference at Sibu Sanctuary
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Nosara’s ‘mama monkey’ making a big difference at Sibu Sanctuary

The Tico Times - May 16, 2016

NOSARA, Guanacaste – A small howler monkey was climbing on Vicki Coan's head, ruffling up her once-straight dirty blonde hair when I tried to take a picture of…

Corcovado tour from Drake Bay leads to something ‘extremely rare’
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Corcovado tour from Drake Bay leads to something ‘extremely rare’

The Tico Times - April 27, 2016

CORCOVADO NATIONAL PARK, Puntarenas — “That’s extremely rare!” said our guide, beside himself with excitement. “That’s extremely, extremely rare! I’ve been guiding hikes here for 23 years,…

Las Cruces: Predator and prey in a jolly green giant of a garden
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Las Cruces: Predator and prey in a jolly green giant of a garden

The Tico Times - March 28, 2016

SAN VITO, Puntarenas — You know you’re seeing something unusual when your tour guide gets excited, and that happened twice as I walked around the Wilson Botanical…

Isla del Caño, Costa Rica: Snorkeling with sharks and grappling with aliens
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Isla del Caño, Costa Rica: Snorkeling with sharks and grappling with aliens

The Tico Times - March 24, 2016

ISLA DEL CAÑO, Puntarenas — If the whitetip reef shark is “near-threatened,” the Central American squirrel monkey is “threatened,” and the hawksbill sea turtle is “critically endangered,”…

Parque Reptilandia: Komodo dragon, anaconda and tortoise, together at last
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Parque Reptilandia: Komodo dragon, anaconda and tortoise, together at last

The Tico Times - March 18, 2016

DOMINICAL, Puntarenas — The soft-spoken Flemish man who gave me a tour of Parque Reptilandia on Tuesday started out by unlocking windows so I could take pictures…

Warning: Dinosaurs on the prowl at new Dino Park near Liberia
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Warning: Dinosaurs on the prowl at new Dino Park near Liberia

The Tico Times - January 25, 2016

DOS RÍOS DE UPALA, Alajuela — A new park opened here Saturday, and it’s … dino-mite! We’re talking T. rex, velociraptor, brachiosaurus, pterosaur and 22 other dinosaurs. They’re…

Cahuita, Costa Rica: After the raccoon scare, it’s pretty chill
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Cahuita, Costa Rica: After the raccoon scare, it’s pretty chill

The Tico Times - January 20, 2016

CAHUITA NATIONAL PARK, Limón — I gave chase to the masked bandit, trying to take his picture, and watched as he scared two girls off their beach…

Costa Rica ecolodge Selva Bananito: I’m dreaming of a green Christmas
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Costa Rica ecolodge Selva Bananito: I’m dreaming of a green Christmas

The Tico Times - January 6, 2016

BANANITO, Limón — After a very rainy Christmas Day drive from San José to the Caribbean Sea, and after some bad directions from both the Waze app…

Drake Bay ‘Bug Lady’: Fascinating spider, insect tour is undeterred by rain or gloom of night
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Drake Bay ‘Bug Lady’: Fascinating spider, insect tour is undeterred by rain or gloom of night

The Tico Times - December 25, 2015

DRAKE BAY, Puntarenas — A half-hour into our night tour at La Paloma Lodge to see spiders, insects, frogs and other creatures, it started to rain. “We’re…