Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
|Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
|Location||Alajuela Province, Costa Rica|
|Area||25,100 acres (102 km2)|
|Governing body||National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC)|
|Official name||Caño Negro|
|Designated||27 December 1991|
Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is a Wildlife refuge, part of the Arenal Huetar Norte Conservation Area, in the northern part of Costa Rica twenty kilometers south of Los Chiles near the border with Nicaragua in the Alajuela province. The refuge is a wetlands site that is home to many migratory waterfowl during part of the year, centered on Lake Caño Negro which is fed by the Frío River during the rainy season. There are no public facilities at the refuge, and the area can be explored only by boat.
The forests, grasslands and marshes of the area provide shelter for various endangered species such as cougars, jaguars, tapirs ' ocelots, peccary and several species of monkey (white-headed capuchin, mantled howler and Geoffroy's spider monkey), as well as many others. In the dry season the river is reduced to little lagoons, channels and beaches which gives home to thousands of migratory birds of many species such as storks, spoonbills, ibis, anhingas, ducks and cormorants.
- Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge at Costa Rica National Parks
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