Curu National Refuge for wildlife

Curu National Refuge for wildlife

Ph (506) 2641-0100/ Messages (506) 2641-0590/ Ph/fax (506) 2641-0394. E-mail: refugiocuru@yahoo.coM www.curuwildliferefuge.com. Curu National Wildlife refuge and Hacienda is located on the southern Nicoya Peninsula of nortwestthern Costa Rica, 6 km from to the Paquera of Puntarenas ferry, on the road to Cobano. The refuge contains approximately 75 hectareas from point Quesera to point Curu. The refuge is included in the private property, which contains 1496 hecatreas. Curu’s property was established in 1933 when the owner, Federico Shutt de la Croix, declared it. Extraction of native tree species, transforming land to pasture for cattle and farming were the main activities at the beginning. In February 1983, the prperty was decalred as the first wildlife refuge in Costa Rica and was registerd by Ministery of Natural Resources, Energy and Mines (MINAE). Today, the Shutt family has converted this area into a site for ecotourism and a study center for students from Costa Rica and around the world. Common wildlife species encountered in the area: Mammals: white faced capuchin, mantled howler monkey, spider monkey, raccoon, white nosed coati, agouti, nine banded armadillo, white tailed deer, collared anteater, tayra, collard peccary, variegated squired, paca, bat and others. Amphibians and reptles: crocodiles, iguana, giant toad. Boa constrictor, land and sea turtles, lizard, frog and others. Birds: scarlet macaw, yellow napped parrots, orange fronted parakeets, motmot, trongon, caracara, collared aracari, palebilled and Hoffman’s woodpeckers, and many shorebirds. Rules of Curu: Do not take plants, shells, fruits, wood or other natural resources out of the refuge. Alchol, drugs and bonfires are prohibited. Do not disturb or feed the animals. Curu Services: Curu is opens from 07:00 a.m to 03:00 p.m, Cabins, dining hall, horseback riding, trails, beaches, shop and parking.