Curú National Wildlife Refuge

The Curú Wildlife Refuge, located in the beautiful region of Nicoya Gulf and with only a small extention of 80 hectares, offers sanctuary to a surprisingly wide variety of both terrestrial and marine plant and animal life.

Habitats found here include semi-deciduous forest, deciduous forest, hill forest, mangrove swamp, and littoral woodland.

A very common species in Curú is the swollen-thorn acacia (Acacia coiinsi). This plant is of great biological interest because its relationship with ants, that live in its hollow thorns, and is an excellent example of symbiosis.

The mangrove swamp. located behind Curú Beach, contains various mangrove species like the red mangrove which is the most abundant, the tea mangrove, and the black mangrove.

It is possible to observe a varied number of animals in the reserve and neighboring forests, especially birds. Some of the most frequently seen mammals are the white-tailed deer, the racoon, the paca (Agouti paca). southern opossum, howler monkey, the coyote, the white-nosed coati, and common long-nosed armadillo.

The most common monkey in Curú is the