|NATIONAL PARKS: |
Esquinas National Park
|Esquinas National Park|
|(1.600 ha), (1991). It`s called also Piedras Blancas National Park.
It`s placed in southern Costa Rica, on Dulce Bay and borders to the east with Golfito National Wildlife Refuge. It stands out with the highest in the country diversification of trees specie counted on different areas of 10.000 sg. m. It`s covered by primary and secondary forests (cotton trees, spiny cedars, palm viscoyol) which are separated by valleys and pasture lands. There is abundance of very shallow waters (up to 1 meter deep). It`s inhabited by 140 species of mammals (racoons, coatis, howler monkeys). The most common birds are short-billed pigeons. There is also a plan to reintroduce there scarlet macaws. In 1999 at Austrian violist Michael Schnitler initiative, Austrians took part in repurchasing additional surface in order to extending the park (so it`s the reason why it`s called sometimes "the Austrian rainforest"). It`s expected to extend it
for megapark (together with Golfito Reserve and Corcovado National