Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge

  • Refugio de Vida Silvestre Caño Negro
     Refugio de Vida Silvestre Caño Negro

Caño Negro is a spectacular internationally-designated wetlands preservation site, and of vital importance for the environmental maintenance of the northern region of Costa Rica. Its habitat sustains a large variety of flora and fauna, many of which are unique or endangered species. Lying very close to the Nicaraguan border in northern Costa Rica, Caño Negro is an 800-hectare sweet water lagoon. During the dry season, the refuge is a key supplier of food for thousands of migratory aquatic birds arriving from the north. The wetlands are home to rare birds like the northern jacanas, ibises, jabiru storks, anhingas, cormorants and roseate spoonbills, as well as jaguars, pumas, ocelots, giant anteaters, caimans, river turtles, iguanas, emerald basilisks, and rare fish like the prehistoric Alligator gar fish