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Tapir in Corcovado National Park.
Photo by Mason Fischer Feb 2004

Baird's Tapir
Before it was hunted with guns, the Tapir was common and ranged through all habitats from mangrove swamps, rainforest and deciduous forest to the bamboo thickets at 3500m in the Talamanca mountains. At present it is found only in areas where hunting is restricted or difficult, and in these areas it is presumably below normal density owing to past hunting. There are possibly 100-300 in Corcovado National Park. (From: www.infocostarica.com)

Corcovado Lodge Tent Camp is adjacent to Corcovado National Park, an area with the greatest biodiversity in Costa Rica. Covering a large portion of the western sector of the Osa Peninsula on the southern Pacific coast, the climate here is generally hot and humid. While by no means easy or probable, here the visitor will have the best chance in Costa Rica to actually see the large mammals, jaguar, tapir, ocelot, peccaries, that symbolize the tropical rainforest.