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Wildlife at the Santa Rose National Park

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Santa Rose National Park has a range of habitats, including estuaries, savanna, grassland and deciduous forests, providing homes for a huge diversity of animals. At last count the park had 155 different species of mammal (though around half are different varieties of bats.), 250 species of birds and over 10,000 different insects (including more then 3,000 moths and butterflies.). Some of the most exotic of the parks inhabitants are the howler and spider monkeys, armadillos and white-tailed deer.

The beaches of the Santa Rose National Park are nesting grounds for the olive ridley, leatherback and pacific green sea turtles. For the olive ridley turtles the Santa Rose National Park is the main nesting site for turtles living along this coast and over 8,000 turtles lay their eggs on Santa Rose's beaches. If you want to go down to the beach you’ll need a special permit.

The best times for meeting the park's residents is in the early mornings and at dusk. There are several campsites in the park.

This area has been protected foremost as the site of one of Costa Rica’s most important historic battles, but later turned into a conservation area, it’s also a popular spot for surfers.

Written by  Jodie Kimbah.

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