Costa Rica has nearly 250 species of mammals. Here is a list of some of my favorite mammals of Costa Rica.
These lazy and cute animals are definitely one of my favorites and lucky for me, there are plenty of them in Costa Rica, you simply have to know where to look for them. There are two sloth species in Costa Rica; the brown-throated three-toed sloth and the Hoffmann’s two-toed sloth.
Where to find them: in the trees of the cloud forests and rainforests throughout the whole country. Manuel Antonio National Park, Osa Peninsula and Corcovado National Park offer you great opportunities to spot these funny little guys.
Fun fact: because of a sloth’s dirtiness, his fur is home to a specific species of moth and fly, that can not live outside of this environment.
The sloths are, without a doubt, a good reason to visit Costa Rica, because, let’s face it, they are as cute as can be!
I am always fascinated by the way monkeys climb and jump from tree to tree.
I have always liked climbing things (secretly I think I should have been born as a monkey), but unfortunately I am not as flexible as they are. They make it seem so easy and it looks like a lot of fun. For this reason they certainly belong on this list.
There are four monkey species in Costa Rica; squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys, howler monkeys and white headed capuchin monkeys.
This species is the smallest of the four monkey species and also the most endangered in Central America.
Where to find them: you can find these cute monkeys at the Pacific lowlands and Southern part of Costa Rica. Corcovado National Park and Manuel Antonio National Park offer the best opportunities to spot them.
Fun fact: squirrel monkeys are one of the smartest monkeys; their brains are very big compared to their bodies.
These monkeys are the most skillful and flexible monkeys in Costa Rica.Where to find them: These monkeys live in cloud forests, rainforests, tropical dry forests and woodlands. The best places to spot these elastic animals are Santa Rosa National Park, Corcovado National Park and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
Fun fact: spider monkeys owe their name to the spider shaped way they hang from the trees.
Howler monkeys are the loudest of all the monkeys in South and Central America. Their howls can be heard for up to 3 miles (4.8 km) and are used to mark their territory and communicate with others.
Where to find them: these monkeys live in the cloud forests, rainforests and tropical dry forests. The best places to find them are Corcovado National Park, Santa Rosa National Park and Monterverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
Fun fact: their skeletons, such as their throats and shape of their skulls, are perfectly adaptable for the loud calls.
White headed capuchin monkeys
These small monkeys are the most intelligent of the New World monkeys.
Where to find them: they live in cloud forests, rainforests and tropical dry forests. The best places to spot them are Santa Rosa National Park, Corcovado National Park, San Vito and Monteverde.
Fun fact: the males urinate on their hands and cover their bodies with urine to attract the females.
These funny and cute animals are member of the raccoon family.
When I first saw one I almost melted of cuteness. They are very curious and like to put their adorable noses in other people’s businesses.
Where to find them: they live in cloudforests, rainforests, tropical dry forests and woodlands. Corcovado National Park, Santa Rosa National Park and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve offer you the best opportunities to get a glimpse of these funny animals.
Fun fact: they communicate by using their tails.
These unique animals are family of the rhino and the horse. I find them very funny looking with their long and flexible snouts.
Where to find them: baird’s tapirs live in cloud forests, marshes, rianforests, river swamps and woodlands. The best places to find them are Corcovado National Park, Tapantí National Park, Santa Rosa National Park and Monteverde Cloud Forests Reserve.
Fun fact: their snouts are a combination of nose and upper lip and they can use them as snorkels if they need to hide underwater.
Costa Rica has 110 bat species. One of these species is the proboscis bat. These bats are very small and are characterized by their long, fleshy, and pointed nose.
Where to find them: you can spot these cute bats near waters throughout the whole country.
Fun fact: they sleep during the day under branches or wooden beams by laying one after another, nose to tail, in a straight row (see picture).