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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

Palo Verde National Park

Palo Verde National Park

(16.804 ha), (1977). It`s situated in Guanacaste province, on Tempsigue river mouth. In 1923 it was a part of a big Wilson ranch (owned by David Russell Stewart) expropiated by government in 1975. It`s limited by rivers and limestone Hills. There are 12 different habitats. There are the biggest concentration of wading birds in Costa Rica and Central America. It`s inhabited by 257 species of birds (herons, storks, egrets, ibis, ducks). It stands out with the largest colony of black-crown night herons in the country.

THere are 150 species of trees. There are also thorny shrubs called "palo verde" (in English it`s known as horse bean) which lends its name to the park. It provides the shelter for white-faced monkeys, crocodiles, coatis, white-tailed deers, porcupines. It`s covered by evergreen decidous forests and riparian forests.

2004; SLUPSK; Rafal Cezary Piechocinski