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Wildcats at El Remanso

Two very big eyes stared at Walter in the dark as he shone his flashlight up the trail on his way out from working at El Remanso. Not knowing who -or what- those eyes belonged to, he dashed to his motorcycle for better light, and the beam hit the right spot just in time to see a large puma dart into the jungle night! Although no wildcat has ever been reported to attack a human in Costa Rica, Walter confesses to have been quite frightened when he saw it last night. Still, he knows he has been very fortunate to see this magnificent rainforest predator. Wildcats are on the verge of extinction, and the Osa Peninsula is one of the few remaining places where they can still find a healthy ecosystem to live in. However, they need all the help they can get as habitat loss and poaching continue to be a threat to their survival. Aida and Ricardo are two young researchers that dedicate their lives to ensure the safety and survival of wildcats in the Osa Peninsula. One of the things they have done is to install camera-traps throughout the area outside of Corcovado National Park, so that they can monitor the abundance of wildcats and their prey. At El Remanso we have purchased and installed camera-traps in our own reserve, so that we can contribute to this wonderful project. Take a look at some of the animals that have been roaming our property! For more information on Aida and Ricardo’s work with wildcats in the area, please click http://www.yaguara.org/eng/index.php. [caption id="attachment_430" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Ocelots\' patterns are like human finger prints: completely different from each other!"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_431" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Though tayras look similar to cats, they\'re actually closer related to the weasel family"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_432" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Collared peccary searching for food"][/caption]