Wildlife : The top 10 species to watch in Costa Rica

Jaguar (Panthera onca): Known for its strength and stealth, the jaguar is the largest big cat in the Americas and a symbol of power in the rainforest.

Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao): With its vibrant red, blue, and yellow feathers, the scarlet macaw is a visually stunning bird that adds a splash of color to the canopy.

Baird’s Tapir (Tapirus bairdii): The largest land mammal in Central America, the tapir is known for its unusual appearance and important role in maintaining the rainforest ecosystem.

White-faced Capuchin Monkey (Cebus capucinus): These intelligent and social monkeys are a common sight in Corcovado National Park, swinging through the trees and displaying their playful behavior.

Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyja): Considered one of the largest and most powerful eagles in the world, the harpy eagle is an impressive predator that roams the skies of the rainforest.

Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas): With its vibrant colors and iconic red eyes, the red-eyed tree frog is a symbol of the tropical rainforest and its unique biodiversity.

Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus): Known for its slow movements and laid-back lifestyle, the three-toed sloth spends most of its life hanging upside down from tree branches.

Tapir (Tapirus terrestris): These gentle herbivores are often spotted near rivers and water sources, where they feed on vegetation and play a crucial role in seed dispersal.

Central American Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi): Highly agile and acrobatic, the spider monkey is characterized by its long limbs and prehensile tail, which allows it to move through the forest canopy with ease.

Anteater (Tamandua mexicana): With its long snout and sticky tongue, the anteater is specialized in feeding on ants and termites, providing natural pest control in the rainforest.