Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge can only be explored by boat. A roseate spoonbill searching for food.
Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge can only be explored by boat. A roseate spoonbill searching for food.

Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge is an area of lowlands that are seasonally flooded forming lakes and marshes which offer a safe haven for a variety of fauna, particularly large numbers of migratory waterfowl and other bird species. Cano Negro is excellent for bird-watching from mid-November to April and shouldn't be missed as a visitor will typically see cattle egrets, wood storks, roseate spoonbills, white ibis, black-bellies tree ducks and Neotropic cormorants to name a few. However, during the dry season (April to November) the main lake dries up and Cano Negro is relegated to small lagoons, channels, ditches and strips of beach and although there is an abundance of birds, there's not as many wading birds. The forests, grasslands and marshes of Cano Negro are also home to a variety of endangered species like cougars, tapirs, jaguars and ocelots but also tayras, sloths, otters, and Howler, White-Faced Capuchin and Spider monkeys. Tortoises, caymans, and some 30 species of freshwater fish reside in the rivers at Cano Negro. The gar fish which is considered to be a living fossil is also found there.

Facilities

The park has no public facilities. Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge can only be explored by boat.

Getting to Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

• from San Jose take the highway to Alajuela

• from there, drive to Ciudad Quesada (aka San Carlos)

• then drive toward Los Chiles

• approximately 4 miles before reaching Los Chiles, you will see the turn-off to the bridge to Cano Negro






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