Every year, scores of species of life become extinct. In Costa Rica and internationally, May 16th marks Endangered Species Day. The day raises awareness to the plight faced by a significant number of animals in the country. On this day, those who may only be vaguely aware of the situation wildlife faces can learn a great deal more about it.
In Costa Rica, one of the most beautiful of majestic big cats, the Jaguar, is at serious risk of becoming extinct. Like many other endangered animals, a loss of natural habitat is among the reasons for the decline in the jaguar population.
The grey-crowned Central American squirrel monkey is another animal that is on the endangered species list in Costa Rica. This monkey lives in the small region near Manuel Antonio on Costa Rica’s central coast. Travelers to the area may be able to catch a rare glimpse of this beautiful primate.
The oceans along the coast are home to wildlife whose numbers are running thin. The manatee is one such creature. Once thought extinct in Costa Rica, they are now again being spotted along the northeast coast near Tortuguero. Along the pacific coast where Manuel Antonio Vacation Rentals is located, we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to see whales from both the northern and southern hemisphere.
Upon realizing how many animals are diminishing in numbers, the importance of Endangered Species Day takes on greater meaning. The more awareness raised towards the plight of these creatures, the more people realize how necessary it is to help them. One way awareness is being raised is through the actions of those in the locals communities. Here in Manuel Antonio, we work with the Titi Conservation Alliance to protect the endangered squirrel monkeys. Others in the community are developing a program to re-introduce the rare Scarlet Macaw into the region.
At Manuel Antonio Vacation Rentals, we are committed to ensuring a positive and beautiful future for our local community and the planet.