Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge

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Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge
Barra del Colorado Waterway.jpg
Location Costa Rica
Coordinates 10°46′18″N 83°35′56″W / 10.77167°N 83.59889°W / 10.77167; -83.59889Coordinates: 10°46′18″N 83°35′56″W / 10.77167°N 83.59889°W / 10.77167; -83.59889
Area 200,600 acres (812 km²)
Established 1984
Governing body National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC)

Barra del Colorado Wildlife Refuge is a Wildlife refuge, part of the Tortuguero Conservation Area, in Limón Province in the northeastern part of Costa Rica. It is the second largest rain forest preserve in the country and protects areas that contain hot humid forests, mangroves, canals and marine areas, bounded in part by the San Juan and Colorado rivers, and to the south the Tortuguero National Park.

The area protected has a hot and humid climate with no dry season, and is the habitat of the endangered West Indian Manatee as well as many caymans, crocodiles, and fish. It is also home to a variety of tapirs, jaguars, cougars, monkeys, ocelots, and other mammals. Birds found includes osprey, toucans, cormorants, herons, hawks, and many more.

The village of Tortuguero from which the neighbouring Tortuguero National Park got its name is located on the southern border the refuge, and contains two research stations.

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