Animals

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National Animal

White Tailed Deer

“All being seek happiness, so let your compassion extend itself to all.”

Mahavamsa

Animals commonly seen in the wild

Marine fauna:

Dolphins, sharks, fishes, sea turtles.

Birds:

Toucans, parrots, quetzal, hummingbirds, Clay colored thrush, buzzards, hawks.

Land mammals:

Monkeys, jaguars, pumas, dantas, sloths, wild pig, deers, racons, wild cats.

Snakes and insects:

Snakes, crocodiles, lizards, frogs, butterflies, crickets, geckos.

Common sights you will not like

In the city and
on the road

Stray cats and dogs.

In the
Countryside

Horses are used to pull carriages. Buffaloes are used for agricultural purposes such as plowing the fields.

Hunting or poaching:

Hunting is illegal as a sport in Costa Rica and punished by 3000$ fine. That being said there are still locals who hunt. Main animals being hunted are whitetail deer, peccary, lowland paca, danta.

Animal fights:

Animal fights are illegal, although under the radar, dog and rooster fights still take place.

Main organization for animal rescue and sheltering:

Minae

Sanctuaries to visit or volunteer:

TERRITORIO DE ZAGUATES Jaguar Rescue Center

We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it unfortunately still happens in most countries.

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