The Tenorio-Miravalles Biological Corridor is located in north-central Costa Rica, just outside the boundaries of Tenorio Volcano National Park (TVNP) and Miravalles Volcano National Park (MVNP), and adjacent private reserves under payment for environmental services systems.
This ecosystem is important for five species of wild cats, over 450 species of birds, endemic amphibians and reptiles, as well as one of the core areas for the globally endangered Baird’s tapir. The expansion of agricultural land uses and cattle ranching in recent years has resulted in the fragmentation and loss of connectivity between the TVNP and MVNP protected areas.
Over the past year The Costa Rica Wildlife Foundation (CRWF) has worked with local landowners, city hall, and environmental authorities to generate support for forest restoration processes in the area. Specifically, they have been working closely on the ground with local farmers and cattle ranchers to restore the habitat needed to ensure tapir population connectivity across the landscape which will have an umbrella effect for other species. CRWF already has the commitment from private landowners and farmers to restore over 1,235 acres of cattle pastures.
For the first stage of this process CRWF will start the restoration process of 620 acres of old cattle pastures. The restoration process may also provide economic support for local community members.
Key Species: Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii, EN), Bare-necked Umbrellabird (Cephalopterus glabricollis, EN), Black-crowned Antpitta (Pittasoma michleri, LC), Yellow Naped Amazon (Amazona auropalliata, CR), Rana Selvática de las Quebradas (Craugastor ranoides, CR), Atlantic Robber Frog (Craugastor andi, CR), Incilius guanacaste (EN), Angel Robber Frog (Craugastor angelicus, CR), Tapir Valley Frog (Tlalocohyla celestus, CR)
The project start date and project description are provided from the point of view of Re:wild's support to the partner. Restoration work is focused in a more restricted area within the depicted polygon.