A beetle that deserves a Happy Mother’s Day!

by Shannon Farley Our mothers are one of the most important and influential persons in our lives. We wouldn’t be here without them! In general, they spend a lot of time caring for and raising us.     In the animal kingdom, how much time mothers spend with their offspring varies radically. On the high end of the spectrum, orangutans care fulltime for their young for six to seven years and maintain contact for up to 16. While on the...

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Cruise ships bring positive benefits to Limon, Costa Rica

By Shannon Farley From mid-October to mid-April, almost every other day, there is a cruise ship docked in the Port of Limon on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast. Each carrying on average from 1,800 to 3,500 passengers, cruise ships are an important industry bringing economic benefits to a historically impoverished region. Limon is the fourth largest out of seven provinces in Costa Rica in territory size, but sixth in terms of population, which is approximately 386,862 people. The provincial capital city...

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Costa Rican school kids get a helping hand from Veragua and EcoTeach

By Shannon Farley The Veragua Foundation in Costa Rica, EcoTeach Foundation and EcoTeach in the USA have joined forces once again to gift much-needed school supplies to children in the rural community of Las Brisas de Veragua de Limon in Costa Rica. Project Backpack 2019 was a huge success, reports Daniel Torres, Site Manager at Veragua Rainforest Eco-Adventure. On Feb. 19, 27 schoolchildren at Las Brisas School received a colorful, brand new backpack filled with notebooks, colored pencils, pens, pencils,...

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Veragua Rainforest Frog Photograph Wins Prestigious Smithsonian Competition

by Shannon Farley A photograph taken at Veragua Rainforest has been named a Highly Honored Finalist in the prestigious 2018 Windland Smith Rice Awards for Nature’s Best Photography. The photograph will be featured in the 23rd Annual Windland Smith Rice International Awards Smithsonian Exhibition at the famed Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. from October 2018 to September 2019. The remarkable nature photograph, taken by Spanish photographer Javier Lobon-Rovira, shows a bright green and yellow Lemur Leaf Frog (Agalychnis...

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Veragua Rainforest Celebrated 10 Years of Success in Tourism and Conservation

By Shannon Farley Four years in the making and now marking 10 years of operations, Veragua Rainforest Eco-Adventure Park in Costa Rica celebrates its hard-won success on its 10th anniversary in July 2018. Veragua’s world-class facilities, breathtaking natural beauty, and international recognition in conservation and scientific research have made the rainforest park a top tourist attraction in Costa Rica and Central America. Its remote yet easily accessible location on a 200-acre (77 hectares) private rainforest reserve in the central Caribbean...

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