We’ve only been here for five days and have easily seen more than one hundred species of amphibians, reptiles, insects, birds and mammals, not to mention the vast array of plants (more than 12000 species exist in Costa Rica!). Everyday around the station has been a new, exhilarating adventure. For example, as we walk along the paths geckos, turtles, lizards, anoles, frogs and toads appear right in front of our feet!
Yesterday afternoon, some endangered monkeys swung by the station allowing me to snap some pictures and observe the Central American spider monkey Ateles geoffroyi swinging from branch to branch through the tall deciduous trees around us. The Mantled Howler Monkey Alouatta palliate also swung by, but is often heard in the early morning when it isn’t pouring rain. I’m starting to embrace the overwhelming diversity of this place and have faith that it will remain for centuries to come. Too bad that every minute of every day an area of rainforest as large as 37 soccer fields is cut down (with more than half of the world’s original rain forests already destroyed!). Thanks to Charlotte, the team at Cano Palma Biological Station and Tortuguero National Park for preserving this wonderful Caribbean lowland rain forest ecosystem. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead.