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March 2012

Tent-making bats!

Bats usually use existing cavities such as caves or tree-holes as roosting sites. On very rare cases the do their own homes, and this is one of those peculiar cases where bats built a shelter for the group, that includes adult males, moms and babies. Bats chew the center vain of a palm-leaf hence the leaf drops forming a tent. In the forest reserve at El Remanso on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica you can see over 50 species of bats, among them several that use leafs as shelter. Have you ever seen them in nature? Tell us and share your pics!

PUMA spotted (and photographed too) at El Remanso!!!

Our guest Beth Glasmann could not imagine she would be spotting a female puma on her first day at El Remanso, walking to the Pacific Beach on the Beach Trail. It was about half past six when she spotted the female puma next to the path. The wildcat was rather calm and did not run away as they would usually do. This was the perfect occassion to take some excellent pictures of the cat! Pumas (puma concolor) are one of 5 different wildcats found on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica.