Ostional Wildlife Refuge

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Ostional Wildlife Refuge
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Ostional Wildlife Refuge
Map showing the location of Ostional Wildlife Refuge
Location within Costa Rica
Location Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
Coordinates 9°57′43″N 85°42′43″W / 9.962°N 85.712°W / 9.962; -85.712Coordinates: 9°57′43″N 85°42′43″W / 9.962°N 85.712°W / 9.962; -85.712[1]
Area 85.7 km2 (33.1 sq mi)
Established 1984
Governing body National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC)

The Ostional Wildlife Refuge is a 85.7 km2 (33.1 sq mi)[1] Wildlife refuge of Costa Rica, part of the Tempisque Conservation Area, was originally declared a protected area in 1982, and its status has been changed several times since then, including covering a larger area both on land and out to sea. It was created to protect important nesting beaches of the Olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea).

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