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Only in Costa Rica: the zombie wasp that gives alien spiders nightmares
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Only in Costa Rica: the zombie wasp that gives alien spiders nightmares

Lindsay Fendt - February 7, 2018

Despite being completely non-threatening to humans, the golden orb weaver spider (Plesiometa argyra) has acid-yellow spots and pincer-like legs, and is as broad as a human fist. In…

The secret lives of leaf-cutting ants
Into the Wild
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Into the Wild
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The secret lives of leaf-cutting ants

Lindsay Fendt - January 25, 2018

When looking for wildlife in Costa Rica, it’s easy to become fixated on the unusual mammals and vibrant birds, but one of the country’s most complex creatures…

Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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Urban flocks (Part 1): 5 common birds of San José

Robin Kazmier - January 8, 2018

Despite the best efforts of many a telescope-wielding nature guide, I fell in love with birds while sitting at my desk in San José, editing a field…

Costa Rica Wild Myths and Animal Legends
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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Costa Rica Wild Myths and Animal Legends

Lindsay Fendt - January 4, 2018

Long before hordes of tourists and biologists began flocking to Costa Rica for its amazing biodiversity, the country’s native peoples were the area’s first wildlife experts. Through close…

6 camouflaged Costa Rican creatures you probably haven’t seen
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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6 camouflaged Costa Rican creatures you probably haven’t seen

Lindsay Fendt - December 9, 2017

The jungle can be a scary place, and even for some of the fiercest of Costa Rica’s creatures, sometimes the best defense is just to hide. Fortunately,…

Grab your binoculars: It’s Christmas Bird Count season in Costa Rica!
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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Grab your binoculars: It’s Christmas Bird Count season in Costa Rica!

The Tico Times - December 1, 2015

Prior to the 20th century, many North Americans participated in a Christmas Day tradition known as a Side Hunt, in which they ventured into the countryside in teams, or…

Rufous tree rat spotted in Costa Rica, country’s 250th mammal
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Environment and Wildlife
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Rufous tree rat spotted in Costa Rica, country’s 250th mammal

The Tico Times - November 23, 2015

The list of mammal species that live in Costa Rica reached 250 this month, after scientists spotted a rufous tree rat (Diplomas labilis) in the country’s south.…

Fall migration at Kèköldi, Costa Rica’s million-raptor watch site
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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Fall migration at Kèköldi, Costa Rica’s million-raptor watch site

The Tico Times - November 2, 2015

Heads up! One of the most spectacular wildlife displays on the planet is happening in the skies over Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast right now: fall raptor migration.…

Crocodiles sleep with one eye open
Crocodilians
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Crocodilians
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Crocodiles sleep with one eye open

The Tico Times - October 26, 2015

Chuck Norris doesn't sleep, he waits. So, it seems, do crocodiles. According to a new study published this month in the Journal of Experimental Biology, crocodiles sleep with one…

Costa Rica’s howler monkeys are the least loud but most well-endowed
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Environment and Wildlife
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Costa Rica’s howler monkeys are the least loud but most well-endowed

The Tico Times - October 26, 2015

For male howler monkeys on the search for a mate, size matters; but being a well-endowed monkey comes at a price. The results of a new study…