Costa Rica News – Who likes frogs? Who likes snakes? Costa Rica is a country known for biodiversity. There are hundreds of species of frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, snakes, lizards, turtles, and tortoises.
The symposium and field exploration will occur between September 2nd and 7th, 2013, at the Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve that is found in Sarapiqui, a Caribbean lowland region classified as primary forest.
The event will have workshops and presentations about conservation, new findings and research, and herpetological organizations. The goal is to exchange knowledge while enjoying Costa Rica’s reptiles and amphibians. There will be a focus on how biology and eco-tourism are intertwined.
Two internationally known herpetologists will be featured: Dr. Bill Lamar and Cesar Barrio-Amoros. Two Costa Rican field specialists who will participate are Alejandro Solorzano and Dr. Mahmood Sasa. Select students from the U.C.R. will be invited, as well.
The symposium will include a safari on the Sarapiqui River to search for tropical crocodiles, turtles, iguanas, and other animals. A trip to La Selva Biological Station will also be included. Participants will leave with a better knowledge and appreciation of Costa Rica’s 435 reptile and amphibian species.
By Kerry La