Tropics Play Pivotal Role in Climate Change.

Take a deep breath. Now imagine your lung capacity reduced by one-fifth. Find it a bit harder to breathe? What if that lessens? Now take your focus out to a global view, and you have a clear picture of what is happening in the Amazon Rainforest. The Amazon is the largest contiguous tropical forest in the world, and releases 20% of the world’s life-giving oxygen. Today in 2012, due to mostly slash-and-burn deforestation, nearly one-fifth of the Amazon’s forest has...

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Migrations of the “Colipato” Moth (Urania fulgens) / Migraciones de la Mariposa ¨Colipato¨ (Urania fulgens)

Migrations of the “Colipato” Moth (Urania fulgens) The species Urania fulgens (Uraniidae) belongs to the group of moths or “night butterflies,” however it is a diurnal species. This moth is popularly known as “colipato” and it is common to observe it only at certain times of the year, flying in large groups, due to their migration behaviour. The species is found from the United States to Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. In Costa Rica, there are non-migratory populations in the Atlantic...

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Can an animal live without lungs? / ¿Puede un animal vivir sin pulmones?

Can an animal live without lungs? Even though salamanders are native to temperate zones, where they have the greatest diversity, some species of salamanders also live in the Costa Rican rainforest. They move slowly, seeking refuge in the leaf litter and exploring countless plants of the undergrowth looking for small arthropods to prey upon. The salamanders that inhabit Costa Rica have no lungs, so their gas exchange occurs mainly through their delicate skin. These amphibians have a tail that when...

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Predatory behaviour of the ogre-faced spider / Comportamiento depredador de la araña ogro

Predatory behaviour of the ogre-faced spider. Generally speaking, spiders have poor sight. However, most of them get out of their hiding place to hunt and reproduce during the night while is dark, and use other senses like touch mainly. The ogre-faced spider Deinopis sp. (called this way due to its not so pretty face, that has a remarkably pair of eyes in the front of its head) is an exception and in fact has the most sensitive sight among spiders,...

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Veragua Rainforest Park is a top one-day tour on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast

The Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica counts many superb sights and attractions. You have the canals and sea turtle nesting beaches of the Tortuguero National Park, the marvelous beaches of Cahuita and Puerto Viejo, the Afro-Caribbean port town of Limon, the wild beauty of the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife and Marine Refuge, and the impressive Talamanca Mountains, to name a few. Just outside of Limon, wedged up against the La Amistad International Park (“Friendship” International Park), is the Veragua Rainforest Research &...

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