Corcovado National Park endangered animals

Corcovado is a unique biological reserve located in Costa Rica, famous for its biodiversity as it shelters several endangered animals that are possibly facing extinction. In this article we want to share with you 5 Corcovado National Park endangered animals.

Top 5 Corcovado National Park endangered animals that you should meet

If you visit this national park you may have the chance to see at least 5 of these unique endangered animals, some of those are Tapirs, Jaguars, American Crocodiles, Giant Anteaters and Harpy Eagles.Tapirs, one of the endangered animals.

Oso hormiguero, uno de los animales en peligro de extinción

Tapirs, inhabitants of the tropical forest

Tapirs like to hang around waters, frequently swimming to the bottom to cool off, feeding on underwater vegetation and hiding from predators. The numbers of these endangered animals of Costa Rica rain forest were reduced due to habitat loss and hunting for meat and hide. They have powerful jaws to defend themselves from several predators, but they are generally shy. There is more information available about the tapirs here.

Tapir Corcovado National Park Costa Rica

Jaguars at Corcovado National Park

The jaguar is a stalk-and-ambush predator who is at the top of the food chain. It is the 3rd largest cat in the world. They’re distinguished from other cats by the spots on their skin that look like roses.

Jaguar at Corcovado National Park

The Jaguar at Corcovado National Park have powerful jaws that can break skulls. They are excellent climbers and are usually waiting on top of trees scouting the habitat for prey to pounce down on. More information about this beautiful endangered animals here.

American Crocodile, one of the Corcovado National Park Endangered animals.

American Crocodile Corcovado National Park

This crocodile is a silent predator, and have the strongest bite of any animal which is a very dangerous combination.

These endangered animals are usually moving slowly or staying still for camouflage, but they are surprisingly extremely fast while attacking pray and their bodies allow them to move from land to water and vice versa with extreme mobility.

Giant Anteater at the Corcovado National Park

The first thing you notice about this animal is its very long nose. They use this nose to eat more than 35,000 ants and termites per day! These creatures are smart because they do not completely destroy the nests they attack so that they can come back later for more. Just because they eat ants, doesn’t mean they’re not dangerous. These have massive claws that scare even Jaguars away.

Giant Anteater Corcovado National Park Costa Rica


Harpy Eagle at the Corcovado National Park

The Harpy Eagle is the most powerful and largest predatory birds in the Americas.

It might not be the most dangerous animal in Costa Rica, but it has a hooked beak and massive talons that are dangerous in a fight. Its talons are as big as the claws of a full-grown bear. It uses them to repeatedly stabbing its prey. Its legs are also very powerful and can get as thick as the wrist of an adult human.

Harpy Eagle at Corcovado National Park


Biodiversity of Corcovado National Park

The number of species found in Corcovado National Park is impressive. Not all of them are in danger of extinction but they are very well protected within the park.

The number of species that has been identified so far:

  • 367 species of Birds
  • 104 species of mammals
  • 117 different amphibians
  • 40 freshwater species

Common questions about Corcovado National Park Wildlife

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Since these are endangered animals and some facing extinction, you can only find them in specific reserves.

The Corcovado National Park’s biodiversity allows you to see, if you are lucky enough, a combination of rare animals all at once.

If you would like to see some of these exotic animals, which is only a privilege to many people, you can join the tour to Corcovado National Park organized by Costa Rica Dive and Surf.

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