Eyeballing an iguana

P1030549This lumbering great beauty was wandering around freely at Zoo Ave, near San Jose, Costa Rica.

The Zoo is home to rescued and injured wildlife, and they are housed in a mixture of open and secured enclosures. This iguana may have been a resident with freedom to roam in the grounds, but he or she seemed to know the layout and was unconcerned by the few people who were about when I visited. Continue reading

Curassow encounter


Visiting Zoo Ave, a rescue centre and wild life refuge in Costa Rica, we saw this huge bird strutting about on the ground some way off. Our guide said it was a female Great Currasow.

It was making a distinctive call, which I imitated. It immediately started coming towards me, flying up to perch on a railing, and then it began to edge towards me, closer and closer. We clearly had a big thing going on! I’d continued to imitate its call, but stopped when I realised it might get really friendly and leap into my arms! Continue reading


Before I visited Costa Rica the animal I most wanted to see was a sloth. I’d read they were not easy to get close to as they spend most of their time in the branches of trees, either eating or sleeping. There are two sorts of sloth – two toed and three toed. “Toes” is a rather misleading description of their long claws, which look like lethal talons, but they use these to hang on branches, and I guess if you spend a lot of time asleep, hanging upside down, you need something pretty substantial to keep you safely in place up there in the trees.P1030461

According to our guides, sloths only come down from the trees when they need to have a poo – and that’s not very often – but when they do come down they’re in danger, if near a road, of being hit by passing cars as they are the slowest moving creatures on earth. Continue reading

The Smelly Volcano


Fascinating, mighty, scary things, volcanoes. I recently went to the top of the Poas volcano in Costa Rica. It’s no longer active so it’s possible to view the crater – a huge icy blue pool in rocky surroundings.

It’s quite a long trek up to the top, on made pathways, with vegetation and interesting plants along the way. Many of the trees have bromeliads growing on their trunks. Progress was slow because of the altitude – it seemed quite a long ascent. Continue reading