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Bolanos Island Wildlife Refuge
Santa Rosa National Park
Lomas de Barbudal Biological Reserve
Palo Verde National Park
Barra Honda National Park
Penas Blancas National Wildlife Refuge
Guayabo, Negritos and Los Pajaros Biological Reserve
Ostional National Wildlife Refuge
Carara Biological Reserve
Curu National Wildlife Refuge
Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve
Manuel Antonio National Park
Cano Island Biological Reserve
Golfito National Wildlife Refuge
Corcovado National Park
Coco Island National Park
Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Poas Volcano National Park
Braulio Carillo National Park
Irazu Volcano National Park
Guayabo National Monument
Tapanti National Park
Chirripo National Park
Hitoy-Cerere Biological Reserve
Cano Negro National Reserve
Barra del Colorado National Wildlife Refuge
Tortuguero National Park
Cahuita National Park
Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge
Guanacaste National Park
Arenal Volcano National Park
Ballena National Sea Park
Juan Castro Blanco National Park
Las Baulas National Park
Esquinas National Park
Cipanci National Wildlife Refuge
Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
La Cangreja National Park
Diria National Park
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Carara Biological Reserve

Carara Biological Reserve

(4.700 ha), (1978). It`s situated in San Jose and Puntarenas provinces, not far from the middle pacific coast. It`s a transition zone between a dry region to the North and a wet region to the South.

In the northeastern sector of the reserve, the seasonal floods of the river Grande de Tarcoles form several marsches. There is also abandoned meander of the river that is about 600 metres long, 40 metres wide and 2 metres deep. It`s carpeted with water hiacynts and other aquatic plants and is home to large crocodiles and numerous birds. The wildlife includes two-toed sloth. Within its boundaries there are some archeological sites: Carara (a rectangular foundation made of river rocks and calcified stones) and Lomas Entierro (traces of village on several hills). In 2002 there was found the specie of moth which was named after astronaut Franklin Chang (Pheneus Changdiazi).

2004; SLUPSK; Rafal Cezary Piechocinski