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Caribbean lowland forests and wetlands of Costa Rica and NicaraguaCountry:
Costa Rica & NicaraguaTWHS?
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The Caribbean lowland forests and wetlands would comprise several protected areas: Indio Maíz Biological Reserve in Nicaragua and Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge and Tortuguero National Park in Costa Rica. They form a corridor of natural wetland of the Caribbean coast.
- Indio Maíz Biological Reserve
is one of the largest protected lowland forest system in Central America. It is rich in biodiversity, holding a higher number in species of trees, birds, and insects than all of Europe. It boasts a large number in species of both flora and fauna and is home to 65 species of mammals, 221 species of birds, 55 species of reptiles, 34 species of amphibians and 149 recorded insect species.
- Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge
is the second largest rain forest preserve in Costa Rica and protects areas that contain hot humid forests, mangroves, canals and marine areas. It is the habitat of the endangered West Indian manatee as well as many caymans, crocodiles, and fish. It is also home to a variety of tapirs, jaguars, cougars, monkeys, ocelots, and other mammals.
- Tortuguero National Park
has a large variety of biological diversity due to the existence within the reserve of eleven different habitats, including rainforest, mangrove forests, swamps, beaches, and lagoons. The park is a key Ramsar Site for its rich biological diversity and ecosystems that support threatened flora and fauna species. The Tortuguero National Park has over 20 miles of coastline, which provides sea turtles a protected place to lay their eggs.Criteria:
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