FIELD GUIDE Animal Directory

Other Mammals

Costa Rica supports over 200 mammal species. This figure includes about two dozen species of non-felid carnivorous mammals, although most are omnivorous to various degrees. A few are easily observed, while others are highly elusive or rare – the olingo, for example, is a creature of the night and not likely to be readily seen. On the other hand, the raccoon and the coati are diurnal and often become quite bold in approaching lodges and tourists in the hope of being fed. Mammals that are active by day include rodents, ungulates, and the three-toed sloth. There are also approximately 100 species of bats, the only mammals in the world that have evolved for powered ...

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