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Cabuya Ficus Tree Awarded

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  • Published: Thursday, 25 June 2009 15:20
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Cabuya's Ficus TreeThe huge centenial Ficus tree (Ficus citrifolia) located near the town of Cabuya has been awarded the "Exceptional Tree of the Year Award" for 2009 by the Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio).

This tree has been the main landmark of Cabuya due to its incredible size of almost 22 meters in diameter and over 40 meters in height.

Besides providing astounding beauty enjoyed by all visitors, the tree serves as shelter and food for several species of birds, bats, monkeys, iguanas, and insects.

“This is a spectacular tree not only because of its exceptional beauty, but also because of its natural contibution to the enviroment of the zone" said specialist Isabel Di Mare who participated in the election of the award.

For further reading about this award in Spanish go to La Nacion Newspaper Article.

See a video of the Cabuya Ficus Tree

InBio "Exceptional Tree of the Year Award" Ceremony:

 

30 Red Macaws Liberated

  • Category: News
  • Published: Monday, 23 March 2009 17:07
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As part of a private conservation project, 30 red macaws (Ara macao) were liberated today in Tambor, Puntarenas.

This project is managed by the Asociación Pro Conservación de la Lapa Roja (Asoprolapa) that has been trying to reproduce and protect this endangered Macaw species for over 13 years.

The project involves the local communities and schools and pretends to bring back the Macaw population in the Nicoya Peninsula where it used to exist naturally in the past.
Scarlet Macaws (Ara macao)