Bosque del Río Tigre
The Osa Peninsula: A world treasure
The Peninsula de Osa, on the southwestern coast of Costa Rica, is one of the last truly remote areas in Costa Rica. To the east of the Peninsula is the beautiful and deep Golfo Dulce, one of only 4 tropical fiords in the world and the only known central Pacific calving ground of the Humpback Whales. To the west lies the Pacific Ocean and in the northern corner is one of the largest pacific mangroves in all of Central America. Four species of sea turtle nest on the peninsula's beaches and dolphins are seen regularly just off the shore line.
The interior of the Peninsula contains the largest lowland rainforest and the only remaining Pacific lowland rainforest in Central America. Half of this forest is represented by Corcovado National Park and the other half is in the adjoining Reserva Forestal Golfo Dulce. The Reserva is the equivalent of a National Forest.
The Peninsula is considered one of the most bio-diverse places on earth. Due to its unusual, early geographic history, the Osa hosts an astounding number of endemic species (species found no where else in the world)
…..and a disturbing number of species that have been classified as "endangered or threatened"!
The Species of the Osa
Note: Some of these figures are approximate. There are many species as of yet undiscovered or unstudied and species counts vary slightly from source to source