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Bat species, Costa Rica Costa Rica’s Sexiest Bat: The Masked Centurio Senex

Famed bat biologist Dr. Bernal Rodriguez Herrera of University of Costa Rica, published a paper last week describing the bizarre mating ritual of what he called the “Masked Seducer” of the bat world, the Centurio Senex. The Latin name means “the hundred year old man”, referring to the odd, scrunched up, wrinkled face of this bat whose sex drive is apparently anything but geriatric. Up until 2018,...

Costa Rica Earthquake Oct 31 5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Costa Rica October 31st

At 11:01 p.m. on October 31st an earthquake described by many as "long and strong" shook Costa Rica and was felt in most of the Central Valley. According to the National Seismologic Network (RSN) the earthquake registered a magnitude of 5.7 and the epicenter was located 1 kilometer north of San Juan de Tibás in San José, it had a depth of 77 km. The movement was a result of the subduction of...

Costa Rica Trawling Costa Rica: President Vetoes Trawling Bill

President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, exercised his right to veto a bill and said No once again to the practice of trawling. Alvarado gave a total veto to the bill, he explained that the analysis carried out to this date have not provided sufficient scientific elements and technical studies to guarantee the sustainability of the technique described in the bill. “For this reason and exercis...

Costa Rica Trawling Costa Rican Congress Brings Trawling Bill Back to Life

The practice of trawling in Costa Rica has been a topic of discussion for several years, and since 2013 the Constitutional Chamber had forbidden the renovation or emission of new trawling permits due to the environmental damages this practice causes. There are currently no valid licenses for trawling. However, the topic was brought back to life this past few days when 28 members of Congress a...

Bizarre Animal Killing Expat Couple Hiding out in Costa Rica

On the weekend of September 20th, photos of the Spanish couple Pedro and Silvia Sierra went viral. They depicted the couple in Costa Rica, Pedro in camouflage jungle gear, and Silvia in a bra and pants. They appeared to be deep in the jungle in the photos, and seemed to be hunting domestic cats. There were photos of cats impaled on trees, being eaten by snakes, hanging upside down from Pedro’s han...

Costa Rica’s Illegal Gold Smuggling Ring Exposed

Late last month Costa Rican authorities completed 32 raids, arresting 27 people involved in illegal mining and an affiliated gold-laundering ring. The investigation began in April 2019, after authorities at San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport noticed an unprecedented increase in the amount of gold listed in export documents filed. The investigation was thorough and intense, uncover...

6.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Costa Rica

A moderately strong earthquake shook Costa Rica this Monday, August 24 at 3:50 pm According to the National Seismologic Network (RSN)the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.2 and the epicenter was located 12 kilometers southwest of Jaco, Garabito, Puntarenas as a result of the subduction of Cocos plate. ...

Animals in costa rica, Covid 19 While the World Suffers from COVID-19 Animals in Costa Rica Walk the Earth in Peace

Costa Rica is famous for its animal wildlife – but unaccustomed to seeing it in backyards and on small town roads. Experts think the current pandemic has meant fewer people out and about, causing less noise and traffic and making animals feel more comfortable to emerge, even in daylight. Security cameras, trap cameras and people’s cell phones have captured amazing sights. On February 15, a jagu...

Snake Attacks Costa Rica Tragic Death of Environmentalist due to Snakebite in Costa Rican Jungle

Environmentalist Ulises Corrales Barrantes hiked into the forest on Saturday, June 13th, in search of seeds from a newly discovered tree in Reserva Dendrobates in Penas Blancas de San Ramon. His body was discovered on Tuesday morning by friends who had mounted a search party after he had not returned home. He was found face down in a ravine, his satchel and notebook at his side. The 39-year old...

Costa Rica Fire Costa Rican Firefighters Battle the Largest Fire in the Last Ten Years

This Saturday May 2nd The Costa Rican firefighters needed to battle the largest fire in the past ten years, a storage facility belonging the company Empaques Santa Ana located in El Coyol, Alajuela that started burning this afternoon. The 22,400 square meter (241,111 square ft.) facility was entirely entirely and required the presence of over 100 firefighters and 17 units that continued to batt...

Costa Rica Pineapple Contamination Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment Puts a Stop to Pineapple Project That Could Affect Wetlands

The Costa Rica Ministry of Environment resolved a nullity appeal that was presented by the Costa Rican Federation for the Conservation of the Environment (FECON) and in this way puts a stop to the pineapple plantation project Hacienda Doña Victoria that intended to use close to 500 hectares of land located between Palmar Sur and Olla Cero in Buenos Aires, Puntarenas and that could have potential n...

Costa Rica Pineapple Contamination Contoversy in Costa Rica Over Permit Granted to Pineapple Plantation that Could Have Effects on Wetlands

Costa Rica's National Technical Environmental Secretariat (Secretaría Técnica Nacional Ambiental, Setena) recently granted a permit to a Project by Corporation Agricola del Monte S.A.-Pindeco for a plantation of 494.4 hectares in a property that is located right next to the Terraba -Sierpe Wetlands. Setena disregarded the objections presented by environmentalists and granted viability to the pr...

Costa Rica Trawling Discussion Over Trawling Permits Continues in Costa Rica

Trawling continues to be a topic of discussion for the Government of Costa Rica, this week, congressmen approved in first debate a bill that would bring back shrimp trawling, in total the bill, presented by deputies Melvin Nuñez from the National Restoration party, known as the Law for for Sustainable Exploitation of Shrimp Fishing, received 26 votes in favor and 18 against. This bill proposes...

Costa Rica Eathquake 5.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Costa Rica

A moderately strong earthquake was felt the evening of this Sunday, November 24 in Costa Rica. According to the National Seismologic Network (RSN) the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.4 and the epicenter was to the Northeast of Arancibia, Puntarenas due to the subduction of Cocos plate The movement took place at 7:33 p.m. and it was felt in San José, Cartago, Heredia...

Costa Rica Snakes University of Costa Rica Announces Discovery of New Snake Species

According to the University of Costa Rica (UCR), there are some 144 species of snakes in Costa Rica. A new one was identified last month by two nature tourist guides, during a night walk in the Drake Bay of the Osa Peninsula. Welcome snake Number 145. The snake is a Dwarf Snake of Barbour, or a Trimetopon Barburi Dipsadidae, and has previously only been seen in Panama. The guides, Gianfranco Gomez...

National Park Costa RIca National Parks Contribute Almost 2 Billion USD to Costa Rican Economy

An investigation carried out by the International Center of Economic Politics for Sustainable Development of the National University, that used data from 2016 to calculate the contribution of the country’s National Parks to Costa Rica’s finances put in evidence not only the ecologic importance but also the economic importance, social and institutional which is reflected in activities such as touri...

Costa Rica Coco Island Environment Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment Joins Efforts with Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

As part of a campaign to protect the Cocos Island UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society partnered with Costa Rica's Ministry of Environment to collect and transport 34 tons of marine pollution, illegal shark finning long lines, and other confiscated fishing gear, which had been accumulating on the remote volcanic island of Cocos for over 25 years. For a one-time project,...

Costa Rica Stop Animal Selfies Costa Rica Launches”Stop Animal Selfies” Campaign

Costa Rica wants to become the first country to regulate the incidence of cruel or inadequate selfies involving wild animals, this through the initiative #stopanimalselfies. A study carried out by World Animal Protection (WAP) in 2017, placed Costa Rica in the seventh place of the world in the number of inadequate photographs and selfies involving wild animals. In response to this and committed...

Isla del Coco Costa Rica Costa Rica’s Cocos Island Recognized as Blue Park

This is a big year for Costa Rica’s one and only Isla del Coco, Cocos Island National Park, as it received this week the “Blue Park” award for its condition as Global Ocean Refuge in the Gold category of the Marine Conservation Institute which promotes Marine Protected Areas that comply with certain standards of management and effectiveness. Cocos Island was nominated as a candidate back in Jul...

famous Costa Rican sloths Cancer Fighting Costa Rican Sloths Featured in The New York Times

Sloths. We love them in Costa Rica. They are the spokes-animals for many tourist campaigns, and their adorable faces adorn t-shirts, mugs, change purses, and other souvenir/tourist objects visitors to Costa Rica take home with them after their vacations. Now, they have been made famous by two biologists from University of Wisconsin: Jonathan N. Pauli and M. Zachariah Peery, whose study of sloths h...

Costa Rica Clean Energy Costa Rica Surpasses 98% of Clean Energy Generation for Fifth Year in a Row

Since 2015 Costa Rica has surpassed 98% of clean energy generation, according to data from the National Center of Energy Control (CENCE); this will not be the exception for 2019 despite the dry conditions that have affected the region; so far, this percentage reaches 98.4%. This achievement involves the participation of 100 plants of the national electric park operated by the Costa Rican Electr...

Costa Rica Protect Nature Costa Rica calls for a Global Coalition of Champions to Protect Nature

During the United Nations Secretary General's Climate Summit, President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, called for the formation of a High Ambition Coalition of nations to push for a Deal for Nature that will protect 30% of the planet by 2030. The goal will be to finalize the deal at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Kunming, China in 202...

Costa Rica UN Champion of the Earth Costa Rica Named ‘UN Champion of the Earth’

Costa Rica has received a 2019 Champions of the Earth award, the UN’s highest environmental honor, for its role in the protection of nature and its commitment to ambitious policies to combat climate change. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recognized Costa Rica in the policy leadership category. Costa Rica has drafted a detailed plan to decarbonize its economy by 2050, in line...

ozone layer depletion Costa Rica Wins Environmental Ozone Layer Award

The National Customs Service and the Ozone Office of the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica, received an international award for their joint work in the prevention of illegal traffic of substances that depletes the ozone layer; the announcement was made this week in view of the celebration of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, September 16, date in which t...

Costa Rica Oil= Gas Signatures For Referendum to Exploit Oil and Natural Gas From Costa Rica Begins

Carlos Roldán an investigator of the Costa Rican Technology Institute is promoting a referendum to vote the “Law of Exploitation of National Energy Resources” which would allow the exploration and exploitation of petroleum and natural gas in Costa Rica. The recollection of signatures began this week. A total of 5% of the electoral registry, 168,667 signatures are needed to call the national ref...

Costa Rica Sea Shepherd Sea Shepherd Conservation Includes Costa Rica in Long-Term Oceans Campaign

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, in its mission to defend, conserve and protect the seas and marine wildlife, announced that it is launching Operation Treasured Islands late this fall. The campaign focuses on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in the Tropical Eastern Pacific, a two million square kilometer area extending along the Pacific coast of the Americas from Mexico to P...

Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica American Expat Mike Hughes: Turtle Rescuer of Esterillos Oeste, Costa Rica

What would possess an American war veteran to spend all night alone on a Costa Rican beach, looking for turtle nests? Turtle Rescue! And it’s urgent. Mike Hughes seems to be an unlikely volunteer conservationist. But that’s exactly who he is, and he has probably saved thousands and thousands of turtle eggs from illegal turtle egg poachers who have now become well organized, and in many cases af...

climate change coats rica, fruit production, banana production Will Climate Change Ruin Banana Exports From Costa Rica

Bananas are probably the most important fruit crop in the world, and in 2015 Costa Rica grew and supplied one out of ten bananas consumed globally. The banana industry of Costa Rica provides at least 100,000 jobs for Ticos. Will climate change negatively impact Costa Rican banana cultivation? A recent study conducted by the University of Exeter UK, indicates that ten countries (including Costa ...

Costa Rica National PArks Costa Rica Celebrates National Parks Day With Free Entrance to All National Parks

This Saturday, August 24 we celebrate National Parks Day and Costa Rica offers free entrance to any of its 29 National Parks. Beach or mountain destinations, Costa Rica has a variety of options to offer, some just an hour away from the capital city. Costa Rica has 169 protected areas that represent 26% of the country’s total area; these protected areas include national parks, national monum...

Costa Rica Animals, Ecology, Jaguars VIDEO:Happy Belated Mothers day to a Jaguar and her Cubs in Costa Rica

The Jaguar Program of Universidad Nacional released amazing video of a mama jaguar and her two cubs, just in time for Mother’s Day. The video was taken by nocturnal cameras in the Dry Forest of Guanacaste. “What better way to celebrate this day (Mother’s Day), than to see a Mama Jaguar and her two cubs in the Dry Forest of the Parque Nacional Santa Rosa!” Researchers have been following this...

History Made: How Costa Rica has Doubled It’s Tropical Rainforest Cover

The year 2017 saw the second highest global tree cover loss recorded in the history of this planet, according to the World Economic Forum. Researchers at the University of Maryland (USA) found an area of tree loss equal to the size of Bangladesh. That equates to losing 40 soccer fields covered in trees every minute for a year. But guess what, Costa Rica took the fight in the other direction, decla...

Costa Rica Destination Costa Rica Selected as Mexico & Central America’s Leading Destination 2019.

Costa Rica won the World Travel Award as Mexico & Central America's Leading travel Destination 2019, the award was presented in a ceremony held in the city of La Paz, Bolivia. The country’s biodiversity and rich nature positioned it as the best destination in the region, the country was picked by a jury of professionals of the tourism sector and representatives of specialized media. The ...

Costa Rica Styrofoam Costa Rica Signs Law That Prohibits the Use of Styrofoam

President Carlos Alvarado, alongside the Minister for Environment and Energy, Carlos Manuel Rodríguez and the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, signed into law the reform of the Law for the Integral Management of Waste. This Law enacts the prohibition of the import into national territory, the commercialization and the delivery of polyethylene containers, better known as styrofoam, in any commerci...

Batman of Costa Rica, Bats, Research The Real Batman of Costa Rica

University of Costa Rica’s Bernal Rodriguez Herrera, has won the prestigious Aldo Leopold award for his work in the field of conservation of bats and their habitats – the first time a Costa Rican has won this honor in any scientific pursuit. Rodriguez is the Founder and Co-ordinator of the Latin American Bat Conservation Network, and has done much of his vital research at the Biological Reserve Tr...

Metallic Saliva Ejector Costa Rica Costa Rican Dentistry Students Create Device That Will Significantly Reduce Plastic Waste From Dental Use

Four dentistry students of the University of Costa Rica came up with a solution to reduce plastic waste caused by dental saliva ejectors, which are currently discarded after just one use. The students, Nicole Miranda, Maria Francinie Guevara, Yulieth Segura and Catalina Serra created a metallic ejector of surgical level that can be cleaned in the autoclave and used multiple times, eliminating ...

Butterfly Costa RIca Costa Rican Scientists Discover New Species of Butterfly in Guanacaste

Costa Rican scientists discovered a new species of butterfly native of Guanacaste, the findings were presented during the first meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly Bureau that took place in Norway. Philtronoma Cbdora, its scientific name, has back wings of a shiny pink color, which it hides under its grey front wings the moment it lands over a leaf or tree. “This new species ...

Isla del Coco Costa Rica Costa Rica’s Cocos Island Nominated As 2019 Global Ocean Refuge

Costa Rica’s Cocos Island National Park was nominated as candidate to the “Global Refuge Award” (GLORES), an initiative promoted by the Marine Conservation Institute. The Global Ocean Refuge System aims to safeguard marine biodiversity by assembling a strategic network of effective marine protected areas (MPA’s) that includes replicate representation of all marine habitats in each bio-geographi...

Ocean Research Costa Rica, Environment Good and bad News Found off the Costa Rican Coast

Scientists aboard the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research vessel Falkor spent three weeks in February, 2019, exploring the depths of the ocean surrounding Isla del Coco National Park. They found good news and bad news. They discovered at least four new species of deep-sea coral – one probably 1,000 years old – and six yet undiscovered ocean animals. They also found on one of their deepest of dives,...

Costa Rica History, stone spheres Stone Sphere Museum Reopens This Friday in Palmar Sur Costa Rica

Have you seen a stone sphere since you’ve been in Costa Rica? They can be seen used as lawn ornaments in the yards of important people, or in front of some government office buildings, or at the National Museum in San Jose -- but in 2014 UNESCO declared the “Pre-Columbian Chiefdom Settlements with stone spheres of the Diquis” a World Heritage Site – and that’s a huge deal. A museum was established...

Sloths Costa Rica Britt Coffee and Toucan Rescue Ranch Join Efforts to Help Sloths in Costa Rica

Coffee Britt in Costa Rica kicked off the first stage of its reforestation plan part of its corporate social responsibility commitment; volunteers planted native trees in the Toucan Rescue Ranch situated in Nazareth, Sarapiquí. “Toucan Rescue Ranch, our partner on Hábitat Sloth coffee, has welcomed our volunteers on numerous occasions for projects such as maintenance, painting murals, and refor...