In Costa Rica there are thousands of animals, but there are some that are considered “nicer” than others. These are 5 of the nicest animals in Costa Rica:

Coati (Pizote in Costa Rica)

The coati is a medium-sized mammal in the raccoon family. It is better known in Costa Rica as pizote and has a brown fur, a long snout and a bushy tail. The coati is native to Central and South America and southern Mexico.

Coatis are omnivores and will eat plants, small animals, eggs, insects and even carrion. They are also known for their excellent climbing skills, which they use to find food or escape predators.

Coatis can be found in many different habitats, from tropical rainforests to dry forests and deserts.

The Scarlet Macaw

The scarlet macaw is a very colorful and large bird. It’s native to Central and South America and the Caribbean. The scarlet macaw has been seen in Costa Rica since the early 19th century.

Scarlet macaws are omnivorous, meaning they eat both plants and animals. They have a diet that includes eggs, small reptiles, fruits and seeds. They also like to eat flowers of plants and trees such as wild bananas, coconuts, figs, papaya trees, breadfruit trees, among others.

On the other hand, they are also monogamous, which means that they mate for life with only one partner. They usually lay 2 to 4 eggs per year, which is much less than many other birds in their family, such as toucans, which lay 10 to 14 eggs.


The Sloth

Sloths are a type of bear and are native to Costa Rica. They are also found in the South American countries of Ecuador and Peru. Sloth bears have a thick, shaggy coat that is primarily brown with a cream or white underside. They have a round face with small eyes, short legs and tail. Sloth bear claws can grow up to 6 inches long, which is the longest of any living bear species.

In Costa Rica there are two types of sloths: the two-toed (Choleopus hoffmanni) and the three-toed (Bradypus variegatus). However, it’s home to six different species of sloths: the brown-throated sloth bear, the silky sloth bear, the brown-backed sloth bear, the southern sloth bear, and the white-nosed coati.

The Manatee

The manatee is an animal that lives in the water. They are found mainly in the warm waters of Central America and the Caribbean. The manatee is a docile and friendly animal that can be found in many different bodies of water, including rivers, lakes and even swamps. These animals are primarily aquatic mammals that live near the surface of the water.

Manatees have one feature that distinguishes them from other aquatic mammals: they do not have hind legs or a tail. Instead, they have flippers on their forelimbs that function as paddles to propel them through the water and their upper limbs are used for steering. Manatees also have a snout with two large nostrils near the mouth to help them breathe underwater, as well as whiskers on their face.

The White-Faced Capuchin

White-faced capuchin monkeys are one of the most abundant species in Costa Rica. They are also one of the most studied and researched species in the country.

These animals live in groups, with a hierarchy established by age and sex. Older, more dominant males are more likely to mate with females than younger males and have a distinctive white face. They live in tropical rainforests and feed on fruits, insects, leaves, flowers and seeds.

Author: Zelda Walters for Sensorial Sunsets