The Osa Peninsula remains a largely untouched, remote wilderness. As part of the unique Costa Rica Geography the Osa’s high level of biological diversity coupled with its unique combination of 13 distinct tropical ecosystems have made it a high global conservation priority.Jungle animals -Did you know that the Osa is home to well over 400 different species of birds including the largest Scarlet Macaw population in Central America, more than 700 species of trees and 140 mammal species including spider monkeys, sloths, and the elusive jaguar? Now that’s a lot of important stuff to protect!
Friends of the Osa (FOO) is a nonprofit conservation organization founded to protect this vital part of Costa Rica Geography ,the Osa Peninsula and it’s globally significant biodiversity. Founded in 2003, FOO is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Our team consists of dedicated Costa Rican and international biologists conducting scientific research, environmental educators, and land conservation managers. While we maintain small offices in Washington, DC and Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica, our center of operations is the Osa Biodiversity Center (OBC).
The Center’s mission includes:
• actively conserving 4,200 acres of rainforest through direct land stewardship;
• operating the Osa Biodiversity Center;
• managing a biological station and conservation center with facilities to accommodate student groups, researchers, sea turtle volunteers, conservation professionals and other visitors to the Osa Peninsula; and
• maintaining an extensive trail network that covers diverse ecosystems.
Our efforts are concentrated in the Corcovado-Matapalo Biological Corridor. This expanse of critical jungle wildlife habitat is a complex mosaic of mostly privately-owned land that serves as a de facto extension of the boundaries of Corcovado National Park. FOO’s efforts are particularly concentrated in the Osa National Wildlife Refuge (ONWR), a private conservation initiative that spans over 6,000 acres. Ensuring the integrity of this land is crucial for conservation because this area provides the continuity of habitat for keystone species like the jaguar, tapir and white-lipped peccary, as well as hundreds of other animals that depend on this biologically diverse habitat to survive.
A Costa Rican Fact -When one considers the Osa’s small size, there are few places left on earth that rival its intense biological diversity. With a total area of only 300,000 acres the Osa is home to 50% of species found in Costa Rica, including many endemic species that are found nowhere else on earth.
Find out more about our programs or make a donation to support OSA conservation: www.osaconservation.org