Costa Rica

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Working together for wildlife-friendly roads.

Costa Rica is committed to implement measures on roads to reduce the impact on its biodiversity. Government, NGO´s, Academy, and citizens are working together to fulfill this ambitious goal, safe road for wildlife and people.  New roads and road expansion projects are implementing wildlife crossings. The way to implement measures for wildlife on existing roads is in progress. Implementation of the law that request measures for wildlife on rural roads administrated by local governments is still pending.

Roadkill Fauna in Costa Rica is a web project based on maps and databases, designed to record your observations of roadkill fauna on the roads of Costa Rica’s road system.

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fauna-atropellada-en-carreteras-de-costa-rica

Key Factors

The Costa Rican data base of roadkills of wild cats have registered 414 pictures from the 6 species (Leopardus tigrinus, Leopardus pardalis, Leopardus wiedii, Puma yagouaroundi, Puma concolor and Panthera onca). (Base de Datos-VAVS)

In ten years (2010-2020) 30 tapirs (Tapirus bairdii) have die due to car collisions on Route 2, between two National Parks (Tapantí-Macizo de la Muerte National Park and Los Quetzales National Park). (Esteban Brenes-Mora Naí)

Research to identify impact of roads on wildlife including recommendation of mitigation measures have been done in more than 20 routes. Underpasses for wildlife have been implemented on just 5 Routes in Costa Rica

Latest News

ACG AND ICOMVIS JOIN TO CARRY OUT MITIGATION ACTIONS ON THE NORTH PAN AMERICAN ROAD WITHIN THE GUANACASTE COSTA RICA CONSERVATION AREA.

Geothermal fields, roads and wildlife in the Guanacaste range, Costa Rica

Argentine Roadkill Monitoring Network

Publications

First insights of ocelot movement in north-western Costa Rica

Lloyd KL, Montalvo VH, Chopin JM, Sáenz-Bolaños C, Cruz-Díaz JC, Carrillo E

2021

Forest cover mediates large and medium sized mammal occurrence in a critical link of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor

Salom-Pérez R, Corrales-Gutiérrez D, Araya-Gamboa D, Espinoza-Muñoz D, Finegan B, Petracca LS

2021

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