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Isla San Lucas will be new wildlife refuge

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Isla San Lucas, located in the Gulf of Nicoya, was once a prison founded by Tomás Miguel Guardia in 1873 and housed some of the worst criminals in Costa Rica.

Isla San Lucas is now a wildlife refuge and the National Park organization is rebuilding the rangers’ house there.

Once the house is repaired, there will be full-time staff once again, supported by officials from the Ministry of Security, said an announcement.

"We are working to improve the conditions of our officials in the wildlife refuge. We are aware of the day-to-day work of our park rangers," said Grettel Vega, director of the National Park System.

The work in improving the facilities aims to increase the refuge’s attractiveness to tourists.

A press release from the national park organization said that officials hope that the refuge becomes a solid tourist attraction for the center canton of Puntarenas.

There will be a series of short-and medium-term projects to ensure the safety of visitors and improve the quality of the experience of domestic and foreign tourists, it added.


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Isla San Lucas was once a prison founded in 1873

"We are very optimistic with all the projects that are under way to the San Lucas Island National Wildlife Refuge. We believe faithfully that the investment in this protected natural wildlife park will contribute to boosting the economy of the region," Vega said.






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