Wild Life Costa Rica

Wild Life Info Page

Jaguarundi: A small cat of the wild, native to the Central and South Americas, jaguarundis are characterized by their short legs and long tail. While their staple is rodents, ground dwelling birds and small reptiles, some have been known to hunt larger sized animals like opossums and rabbits.

Sloths: The country is home to two distinct species of sloths. The three-toed sloth is characterized by its smiling mouths and black patches around the eye whereas the two-toed species have a larger size, with shaggy coats and white-ringed faces. The unique aspect with sloths is that they spend most of their lives hanging about trees, meaning that they perform most of their life processes upside-down.

Spider Monkeys: An endangered species, these family of monkeys are the most agile thanks to their prehensile tail that acts like a fifth foot. While there are believed to be 4-5 different species of spider monkeys existing in the Americas, the one species native to Costa Rica is the black-handed spider monkey.

Squirrel Monkeys: One of the smallest monkey species, they are the size of squirrels and hence them being likened to the furry creatures. In Costa Rica, they are known as mono-titi, and are the most endangered species within Central America.

Scarlet Macaw: It’s a South American parrot that is often picked up as pet. Its main diet includes fruits, seeds and nuts. These wild parrots are an endangered species.

Toucan: Out of the total of 42 species that can be seen flying around South America, six of them are indigenous to Costa Rica. The most distinguishable aspect of this avian species is its trademark multicolored bill, that it uses to full capacity to thrust deep into the holes in the trees looking for its food.

Kinkajou: Related to racoons and coatis, these little nocturnal creatures live on fruits and reside mostly in the trees. However, their omnivore nature means that they don’t mind feasting on insects if they must. They are characterized by their small ears, unusually large eyes and a prehensile tail; the latter essential for climbing trees.

Coatimundi: This creature of the wild is related to the racoon in many ways. Its intelligent in that it can learn to adjust to humans living around it, a reason why the coatimundi often gets picked up as a pet by locals. However, unlike a racoon, this one is active during the day and like a true omnivore can eat anything from eggs, snakes, insects and small vertebrates to carrots and fruits.