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WILD LIFE at golfo dulce lodge

A remote Birders' Paradise

Armadillo Video Click to see the Armadillo or a Sloth video
More than 340 species of birds have been identified by birding specialists within the various eco-systems of our private reserve or in the adjacent Piedras Blancas National Park. A bird list in 3 languages (English/German/French) is available at the lodge site.

For information of Costa Rican birds please the official site of the Ornithological Association Committee (AOCR).

Some of the birds easily to be seen at the Golfo Dulce Lodge

  • ToucanFlocks of Mealy Amazon
  • Scarlet Macaws
  • Black-cheeked Ant-Tanager
  • King Vulture
  • Black Hawk Eagle
  • Bat Falcon
  • Crested Guan
  • White Hawk
  • Great Blue HeronSpectacled Owl
  • Beryl-crowned Hummingbird
  • White-crested Coquette
  • 4 species of Trogons
  • Chestnut-mandibled Toucan
  • Fiery-billed Aracari
  • Golden-naped Woodpecker
  • Black-faced Anttrush
  • Black Throated TrogonBlack-hooded Antshrike
  • various species of Manakins
  • Scarlet-rumped Cacique
  • Spotted-crowned Euphonia
  • Blue Dacnis
  • Orange-billed Sparrow
  • Golden-crowned Spadebill
  • Riverside Wren
Close to the lodge site on Playa San Josecito is also the release center of the privately owned Zoo Ave outside San José for hurt, rescued or formerly domesticated birds. Since 1999 groups of highly endangered scarlet macaws (ara macao), born and raised at the zoo, were released into the Piedras Blancas National Park where macaws were once present but no longer existed due to poaching and pesticide use. Those first releases are part of a long-term project to establish a third self-sustaining scarlet macaw population, to add to the two existing groups in the Corcovado National Park and the Carara Biological Reserve. However, the release center on Playa San Josecito is not open to the public. However, visiting Zoo Ave at La Garita, Alajuela helps to support the native wildlife of Costa Rica. The Zoo is open daily from 09.00am until 05.00pm and it is easy to get there; 10 minutes west of the International Airport, 2 miles off the highway from the Atenas exit.

Abundance of Mammals

It is easy to observe wildlife in the surrounding forest, even sometimes in the lodge garden. The most common mammals to be seen during day time are agoutis, capuchin monkeys, coatimundis and peccaries, at night you may hear raccoons and in the canopy the movements of kinkajous. There is even the possiblility to spot tracks of an ozelot.

  • Common Opossum
  • Gray Four-eyed Opossum
  • Brown Four-eyed Opossum
  • Mexican Mouse Opossum
  • Silky Anteater
  • Northern Tamandua Anteater
  • Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth
  • Hoffmann's Two-toed Sloth
  • Nine-banded Armadillo
  • At least 3 species of bats
  • Red-backed Squirrel Monkey
  • White-faced Capuchin Monkey
  • Central American Spider Monkey
  • Mantled Howler Monkey
  • Alfaro's Pygmy Squirrel
  • Red-tailed Squirrel
  • Chiriqui Pocket Gopher
  • Central American Agouti
  • Paca
  • Northern Raccoon
  • Crab-eating Raccoon
  • White-nosed Coatimundi
  • Mexican Porcupine
  • Olingo
  • Cacomistle
  • Kinkajou
  • Greater Grison
  • Tayra
  • Striped Hog-nosed Skunk
  • Jaguarundi
  • Puma
  • Jaguar
  • Margay
  • Ocelot
  • Collared Peccary
  • White-lipped Peccary
  • Red Brocket Deer
  • Pan tropical Spotted Dolphin
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
  • Orca (Killer Whale)
  • Tapiti or Forest Rabbit

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