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San José and Heredia

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Yielding for Wildlife

SAN JOSE,  Costa Rica – Why did the sloths cross the road? “It’s not that they have to cross, it’s where they were already living,” is the answer Esmeralda Arevalo-Huezo gives. A biologist and member of the Comité Científico de Vías y Vida Silvestre, she is among a core group of people spearheading an effort … Continue reading

Costa Rica’s black water falls short of green expectations

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – Situated on Costa Rica’s central Pacific Coast is the small community and wildlife preserve of Playa Ostional. Famous as the destination of the Olive Ridley turtles’ arribadas, the town also works toward sustainability, including the management of its water resources. Tomás Chavarría, president of the community-managed water service in Ostional, … Continue reading

Preserving Cultures, Promoting Artists

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – A large hummingbird mural shimmering with aqua blue and lime green hues welcomes visitors to Chietón Morén, a two-room museum and shop devoted to indigenous cultures. Once inside, the only sound hinting at the busy San José street outside is the beeping of car horns. Andrea Morales is there four … Continue reading

Zoo slated to close, but administrators putting up a fight

SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – The once popular Simón Bolívar Zoo in San José has been slated to close by the Environment Ministry because of poor conditions. Zoo administrators are fighting back. Lawyers representing the zoo have taken the case to the Supreme Court to halt the closure of the animal refuge center, administered by … Continue reading

Viewpoint: Causes behind illegal gold mining

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Although illegal gold mining has been an ongoing problem in Costa Rica for centuries, recently it has come back into the public eye. Juan Figuerola, an environmentalist and forestry engineer at the University of Costa Rica, worked in the Osa Peninsula area near the Corcovado National Park where most of … Continue reading

No easy solution for Tárcoles contamination

HEREDIA, Costa Rica – Some rivers in Costa Rica are among the most polluted in Central America after decades of contamination – sewage, runoff from plantations and industry – but the Tárcoles River takes the grand prize.  The Tárcoles River pollution is predominantly sewage and fecal contamination, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and infections in … Continue reading