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Photo Gallery - Wildlife

All photos shown in this gallery were taken from Flying Toucans
You’ve seen the amazing stage now let’s introduce you to the cast of characters who bring that stage alive:
Tarzan, the 3-toed Sloth With that precious face, it’s no wonder that he has his own harem at Flying Toucans. We’ve had several babies born here. Known for sloooow ballet moves, you should see him take off when there’s a female sloth in another tree! We have seen as many as three different sloths in one day at FT.
Chestnut Mandibled Toucans Flying Toucans is named after these jaw-droppingly gorgeous birds with their vibrant blue feet and operatic song. With patience, we were able to have Fluffy and Stuffy eat papaya from our hands! This is a rare thing!
Coco, the Howler Monkey (Congos) Many of our guests have been visited by Coco. She was raised by someone nearby and released into the wild so she’s very tame. She returned in 2016 with her baby. Howlers lounge for hours in the trees around the house, eating big leaves and napping. Think of them as the jungle’s alarm clock as their loud howling let’s you know it’s time to get up. You always know when they have visited because of the big mess of half-eaten leaves they drop on the ground.
Fluffy and Stuffy Tarzan
White-faced Capuchin Monkeys (Cara Blancas) Whereas Howlers are cool, calm and collected, Cara Blancas are rambunctious, skittish and amazing acrobats.  We get large troops of them all around the house. They  are amazing to watch jump from tree to tree, sometimes free-falling 40-50 feet - often with newborn babies on their backs!  It’s heart-stopping to watch 30 or so monkeys make the same death-defying leaps, one after the other. They always put on a great show. Usually you will hear them crashing through the trees before you see them.
The Stars
Supporting Cast
Fiery-billed Aracaris (Cusingas) A type of toucan, the ones around FT typically travel in groups of three. About 17” long and 9 ounces in weight, they breed only on the slopes of southern Costa Rica and western Panama. Note their coloring - very much like a leading brand of Costa Rican beer!
Green Iguanas Can you believe we have his baby picture? It was taken about 10 years ago (when we had 3 babies) and the latest one in Nov. of 2016. We didn’t think they were still around but found two 5-footers and one younger one in the trees to the left of the deck.  Did you know that iguanas can safely fall to solid ground from a height of 40 feet? They can also detach their tail and grow another one without damage.  Hard to spot but so beautiful! If you get bored of staring at the view from the pool (ha!), you can always challenge yourself with finding an iguana! 
Coatis (Pizote) These furry guys look like a cross between a raccoon and anteater with their elongated snouts and long bushy tails. They are active during the day and travel in groups of about 30 called bands. Even though they are part of a group, we usually only see a few at the feeder.
Coco
Coco’s Baby Girl
Birds, Butterflies and Hummingbirds We have planted many types of flowers and trees to attract many smaller but equally fascinating  visitors. We once had a professional Costa Rican birdwatcher spend the weekend at Flying Toucans. He spotted 70 different types of birds from the house in one day!
Our photo but taken in Maui
Humpbacks Whales and Bottlenose Dolphins We have seen both dolphins and whales from the house. Our area of Costa Rica is in the general vicinity where Humpbacks migrating north from the Antarctic can be seen August to October. Humpbacks swimming south from Alaska and Canada can be seen December to March.