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Costa Rica NatureWe are proud to give you a taste of what we have been finding in the reserve over the last years. Through the efforts of many individuals and organizations we havecompiled checklists of several groups of plants and animals that are found within the boundaries of Rara Avis.
One of the biggest attractions in Rara Avis is the incredible diversity of bird species, over the last few years we been able to produce an impressive checklist for the birds of Rara Avis - with no less than 367 species recorded!  

Other groups of animals that have received a lot of attention in the reserve over the last few years are mammals, amphibians and reptiles.

Anyone who has an interest in tropical rainforest ecology can download PDF versions of those lists here:

We would like to keep expanding this biodiversity section by adding more species to our lists. We also encourage researchers to consider Rara Avis for their field studies.



Costa Rica Wildlife




Amos Bien, founder and president of Rara Avis S.A. since the beginning. With residence in Costa Rica since around 30 years ago, this biologist and conservationist promote in many ways the Ecotourism and Sustainable Development concepts around the world.

By 1986, Donald Perry began construction of the canopy-exploration tramway (AWCE) at Rara Avis. Perry brought us our first international publicity (the German Geo magazine) and a film crew from National Geographic's "Explorer" program and getting us front page exposure in the New York Times Magazine.

Sandy Wiseman is a forensic and educational psychologist, conservationist, photographer from Canada. He organizes trips to rainforests for the University of Toronto and enjoys photographing wildlife, particularly rainforest creatures.


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