Los Tarrales harbors diverse wildlife due to the extensive altitudinal range and mosaic of different habitats. Birds belong to the animals most obvious to visitors; more than 345 species have been recorded in the reserve. But there is much more to discover in Los Tarrales...
Because hunting has been prohibited in Los Tarrales four four generations, mammals such as White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) and Central American Agouti (Dasyprocta punctata) are easily seen around Tarrales Lodge. Other mammals which are regularly seen at day time include White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica), Variegated Squirrel (Sciurus variegatoides, lower altitudes), Mexican Gray Squirrel (S. aureogaster, higher altitudes), and Deppe's Squirrel (S. deppei). At night Cacomistles (Bassariscus sumichrasti) and Kinkajous (Potos flavus) can be seen climbing through the forest canopy. With much good luck you may even see top-predators such as Puma (Puma concolor) and Margay (Leopardus wiedii).
Being observant, you can see an immense number of different insects and spiders during a jungle tour in Los Tarrales. Most obvious are diurnal butterflies, of which almost 300 species have been recorded in Los Tarrales. Frogs, toads, salamanders, lizards, and snakes are well represented in Los Tarrales; 119 species have been recorded (Guerra-Centeno et al. 2014).
Los Tarrales Jungle Tours are led by our specialized guides and last 2-3 hours.
Additional animal lists and biological diversity studies.