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LISA GET’S SOME COMPANY

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Our resident crocodile down at Club Rio, Lisa, just recently got some company, in the form of 3 additional reptilians, crocodiles in this specific case, all yet to be named. Not only that, but she, along with her new friends had an entire area built specifically for them.

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Lisa enjoying the sun in her new home

The crocodile pit we constructed had reached completion a while back but we had yet to find inhabitants to fill it, or at least accompany Lisa in her new home.

Our three new crocs originated from the AquaCorporation in Cañas, and the reason behind their new journey to The Springs was due to a loss of habitat and diminishing food sources. With this loss in habitat and food the crocodiles then begun to venture into various territories taking a liking to the tilapia pools in the area, thus becoming a hazard to the employees who cared for and maintained these pools. The crocs were then captured due to the hazard and placed in a temporary enclosure. The initial plan was to transport and then release the crocodiles in an area known as Palo Verde, however our friends over at Minaet who have been such a big part in contribution towards Club Rio were kind enough to donate these crocodiles to us, in full confidence that we could provide a safe and natural environment for them.

Once our new friends arrived at their new home, our biologist, Victor Solis, led the way in transporting the crocodiles, and ensuring that they acclimatize to their new home efficiently. With crocodiles being very territorial by nature it was important for us to ensure that Lisa was moved into the pit first. Once this was successfully completed Victor (our new Steve Irwin) was able, along with a team of both strong and courageous men, to one by one introduce the three new crocs to their new home, and their new “friend.”

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Victor Solis, our biologist, leads the way bringing in our new crocs

Tensions ran high as Victor released each crocodile, not knowing how they would interact or get along with their new roommate. Low and behold it was as though they had known one another forever, hatched by the same mother and lurked in the same swamps together for days on end. The crocodiles have acclimatized really well in there new environment and have been quite the popular attraction among our Club Rio visitors.

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Our new addition couldn’t wait to dive right in

Next Time you’re down at Club Rio be sure to ask any of our guides or employees about our new crocodiles, and they will be sure to show you around!

 

Till next time, Pura Vida!

A FLOWER A WEEK…

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With Costa Rica being a haven for such a wide variety of inhabitants, and when I say inhabitants I mean not only our vast variance of four legged, slippery slithering, 8 legged crawling, winged creatures but also with no lesser importance, our variety of plants, trees and most importantly in this particular instance,  flowers.

With such an abundance of flowers at our grasp, some known to many, and other not so known we at The Springs have decided to embark on a little project we like to call “flower of the week” where we will journey into the depths of our jungles, forests and mountains to bring you closer to this natural paradise that surrounds us. Along the way we will be providing you with information and pictures regarding our weekly finds. Now this is not only for “floral boffs” but also for those with a keen eye for beauty, those with a green finger or two, as well as anyone interested in the beautiful surroundings of Costa Rica and what it has to offer. Who knows you may just find your next bridal bouquet in and among our blog ladies.

To kick things off this week, we have The Emperor Staff or Etlingera Elatior

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Bees taking full advantage of the Etlingera elatior

Etlingera elatior (also known as torch ginger, ginger flower, red ginger lily, torch lily, wild ginger, combrang, bunga kantan, philippine wax flower, xiang bao jiaing, indonesian tall ginger, boca de dragón, rose de porcelaine, porcelain rose) is a species of herbaceous. Botanical synonyms include nicolaia elatior, phaeomeria magnifica, nicolaia speciosa,phaeomeria speciosa, alpinia elatior, alpinia magnifica.

The showy pink flowers are used in decorative arrangements while the flower buds are an important ingredient in the nonya dish laksa. In north Sumatra, the flower buds are used for a dish called arsik ikan mas (andaliman/szechuan pepper spiced carp)

It is known in Indonesian as bunga kecombrang or honje, malay as bunga kantan and Thai as daalaa. In Thailand it is eaten in a kind of Thai salad preparation.

In karo, it is known as asam cekala (asam meaning ‘sour’), and the flower buds, but more importantly the ripe seed pods, which are packed with small black seeds, are an essential ingredient of the karo version of sayur asem, and are particularly suited to cooking fresh fish.

These particular beauties can be found in abundance down at our outdoor activity center Club Rio. Be sure to have a lookout next time you find yourself tubing or horseback riding, these flowers are most certainly a beauty to look at.

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The Etlingera elatior in all its beauty

Until next week!

Pura Vida!

The Springs Goes Green and Wins!

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IMG_6825Not only does The Springs Resort and Spa provide you with world class hospitality but we also keep a very keen eye on our environment, community and local projects in which we help those around us in our immediate and not so immediate communities.

Just recently The Springs Resort and Spa collected  985 Kilograms in recyclable materials and with this being converted to a monetary value, they were able to feed 150 students from local schools in the community such as Linda Vista, Agua Azul, La Guaria and Jauuri and the La Fotuna de San Carlos.

That not being all. Not only did The Springs raise 985 Kilograms, a whopping number already, but they were able to raise the most of anyone else in the competition, therefore receiving an award for having collected the largest quantity of recyclable materials in the area. We are all extremely proud of those who were involved in the project and who helped in collecting every kilogram of the 985 that were handed over.

Congratulations to all at The Springs, and keep at it! We’re sewing seeds for a brighter greener future!

Pura Vida

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Do you see what I see Cristian?

Do you see what I see Cristian?

 

Club Rio down at The Springs resort in Costa Rica has 5 new arrivals to its already abundant array of wild animals. These curious, mischievous and unique little individuals go by the names of Inky , Pinky, Ponky Luciana and Tokolosh.  We here at Club Rio prefer to see these little, and when I say little I mean “teeny tiny” friends of ours as unique individuals with very intricate and diverse personalities, most people would at first glance realize that they are better known as Marmosets.

There are several various species of Marmosets, and these particular few happen to be the Common Marmoset (Callithrix jacchus). These animals are native only to east-central Brazil, how they happened to become part of our family here at Club Rio is a very unique story. These animals as with many animals at our sanctuary were illegally held as domestic pets. These animals although cute, furry and friendly are not able to adapt to a lifestyle as a pet, and rightly so. Thus they have been sent to us down here as we are able to emulate their natural environment quite effectively resulting in a happier and healthier animal.

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To shed some light on these marmosets, Common marmosets live in stable extended families with only a few members allowed to breed. A marmoset group can contain as many as 15 members, but a more typical number is nine. A marmoset family usually contains 1-2 breeding females, a breeding male, their offspring and their adult relatives, be it their parents or siblings. The females in a group tend to be closely related and males less so. Males do not mate with breeding females that they are related to. Marmosets may leave their natal groups when they become adults, in contrast to other primate species who leave at adolescence. Not much is known of the reasons marmosets leave their natal groups. Family groups will fission into new groups when a breeding male dies. Within the family groups, the breeding individuals tend to be more dominant. The breeding male and female tend to share dominance. However, between two breeding females, one is more dominant. In addition, the subordinate female is usually the daughter of the dominant one. For the other members, social rank is based on age. Dominance is maintained through various behaviors, postures and vocalizations and subordinates will groom their superiors

Common marmosets employ a number of vocal and visual communications. To signal alarm, aggression, and submission, marmosets use the “partial open mouth stare,” “frown,” and “slit-stare”, respectively. To display fear or submission, marmosets flatten their ear-tufts close to their heads. Marmosets have two alarm calls: a series of repeating calls that get higher with each call, known as “staccatos”; and short trickling calls given either intermittently or repeatedly. These are called “tsiks”. Marmoset alarm calls tend to be short and high-pitched.Marmosets monitor and locate group members with vibrato-like low-pitched generic calls called “trills”. Marmosets also employ “phees” which are whistle-like generic calls. These serve to attract mates, keep groups together, defend territories, and locate missing group members. Marmosets will use scent gland on their chests and anogenital regions to mark objects. These are meant to communicate social and reproductive status.

Cristian explains the nature of these animals to a guest

Cristian explains the nature of these animals to a guest

As I stated earlier, these peculiar little animals are definitely a pleasure to be around, they’re extremely friendly, and have quite a unique sense of character. It’s an enjoyable experience being able to interact with them, knowing that they are in an environment similar to that of their natural habitat, that they’re healthy and happy too. Next time you stop by Club Rio be sure to ask your guide about these furry little creatures and their unique attributes. It is impossible to leave untouched by these special little beings.

Pura Vida!

Ponky curiously plotting his next mischievous move

Ponky curiously plotting his next mischievous move