Published Monday, July 13, 2020

More than 4,000 wild animals
recorded during the pandemic



By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


In the last 140 days of the pandemic, the National Ecological Monitoring Program has managed to record more than 4,000 wild animals of 200 species of birds, 24 mammals and other types of animals, in the fourteen country's Protected Wild Areas.

According to Eugenia Arguedas, a biologist of the National System of Conservation Areas program, the animals have been seen during the significant reduction of tourists in national parks due to the restrictions ordered by the government to avoid the spread of covid-19.

Among the most recent recorded animals are in the trails of the Chirripó National Park, located in the encompassing zone of San José, Limón and Cartago provinces, the sighting of tapirs, which is a species that is in danger of extinction, the specialists said.

In the Tenorio National Park, in the Guanacaste Province, the transit of jaguars, wild pigs and green macaws have been recorded in videos.

In the Tortuguero National Park, in Limon Province, the passage of wild pigs known as saínos has been recorded.

Jaguars have also been recorded in Corcovado National Park. This species of feline had not been observed in this park for more than 6 years, said Laura Rivera, director of the Osa Conservation Area.

Regarding the last sighting of a jaguar in the park, “it is estimated that this juvenile male is between two and four years old, a fact that reaffirms the value and importance of the national park as an ecosystem that contributes to the conservation of this emblematic species,” Rivera said.

Specialists plan to develop a general analysis of the data of all the protected wild areas to have greater scientific certainty of the sightings of the last few months.

Based on the analysis of the behavior of wild animals during 2020, specialists said they will use data collected for future comparisons of periods of times without restrictions due to a pandemic.


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