Espavel in Guácimo awarded Exceptional Tree 2012 by INBio

Por sus características naturales, sus importantes dimensiones y su valor para la conservación, un individuo sobreviviente en su especie en una zona deforestada, se hizo el acreedor del “Premio al Árbol Excepcional 2012”, que otorgará el Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio), en conmemoración al “Día del Árbol”.

arbol excepcional espavel 2012

Because of its natural features, significant measurements and conservation value, a surviving species in a stripped area has won this year’s “Exceptional Tree 2012”, presented by the National Institute of Biodiversity (INBio) in celebration of the National Tree Day.  The winner is  between 40 and 50 meters high, and measures 3.77 meters in diameter.

The specimen is located less than 30 meters away from the former railway track known as “El Bosque”, which was previously used to transport diverse merchandise and was abandoned more than 30 years ago.  This tree is considered a survivor, since the railroad workers rarely left any trees in its size near the railway track.

This year’s announcement attracted 44 candidates, and the criteria to select the winner included: height, tree’s crown, trunk’s circumference, historical value, esthetics, ecological relevance and conservation commitment. 

INBio inaugurates its new webpage

INBio launched on May 28 the new face of its webpage, with a more interactive interface that presents all the information we have on biodiversity, making it available for the entire world free of charge. It includes our new site: bioexplorador, a tool that allows everyone to record their findings in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world.

 The site encourages the contribution of a wide variety of nature lovers, form scientists and researchers to nature enthusiasts and the public in general. This tool is thought to broaden the environmental awareness of our communities and promoting a greater curiosity and interest of our natural surroundings.

You can check out our site at: This initiative was made possible thanks to the financial support of the National Science and Technology Council (CONICIT) and to the open software developed by iNaturalist, who allowed us to develop Bioexplorador.

Bioblitz was a complete success

At INBio, we are proud to share the results of our first Bioblitz experience in Costa Rica, which took place at INBioparque on May 26 and 27, to celebrate the International Biodiversity Day.  Here are the preliminary results of the species found on these 24 hours of research:



























All this information was saved on our new portal: bioexplorador (, where around 300 new observations where published from 100 new users of this interactive tool.

One of the participants surprised even our expert ornithologists when he took a picture of a peculiar bird in our premises, it was a long-tailed manakin (Chiroxiphia linearis), a bird that is usually found only on the dry forest.  Another new species for our park was registered in one of the fungi tours, it belongs to the Hygroaster genus, and it could even be a new register for the country.

We would like to thank all the media and sponsors: Panasonic, AyA, ICT, ICEKolbi, Thrifty, EPA, Reserva Conchal, Hacienda Pinilla,  y CNFL, who truly believed in this, our first edition of Bioblitz, and we hope to see you next year, when experts and citizens will join again to enjoy and learn from each other.

You can watch a short video of Bioblitz in:

INBio y ACOPROT joins efforts to improve the quality of naturalist tour guides

Guias Naturalistas 2012The National Institute of Biodiversity, INBio, together with the Costarican Association of Tourist Professionals (ACOPROT), graduated last march 29th, a group of 30 young tour guides with emphasis on biodiversity, who went through months of training to offer specialized services to national and international tourists in Costa Rica.

This certificate entitles them to guide anywhere in the country with the back up of two important institutions: a leader in tourism and a leader on biodiversity. Students also acquire a certificate from the National Learning Institute (INA) and are presented with a license by the Costarican Tourism Institute (ICT).

These actions are important to Costa Rica, since the more the touristic industry grows, the more tour guides there are, and the services provided by them must become better and more demanding to be truly successful.

INBio’s president received the 2011 National Culture Magón Prize

Rodrigo Gámez, Premio MagónOn May 14, our national theater dressed fancy for the presentation of the National Culture Magón Awards 2011, which is presented every year by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.  At INBio we were proud to see our president and founder, Dr. Rodrigo Gámez, receive this important award.

Dr. Rodrigo Gámez Lobo is INBio’s president ever since its foundation in 1989.  His work has always been oriented to develop INBio as a biodiversity research and management center, seeking to support national efforts to understand our country’s biological diversity and promote its sustainable use.  For INBio, the acknowledgment of our president , is very meaningful, since it reflects that the scientific work done in research of biodiversity is also part of our country’s culture, and that it is being taken as seriously as we intend it to be. 

On the other hand, our Nation’s President, Laura Chinchilla, stated on her closing speech “with your actions, you help restore the best of our nation’s soul, this is a tribute from our homeland to you.”

Congratulations and thanks Dr. Rodrigo Gámez, for the important work you do every day, which is acknowledged by our country through this award.

You can watch the ceremony here:


INBioparque inaugurates its Volcanoes´ and Geothermic Exhibition Room

Sala volcanes INBioparqueThis new exhibition room is thought to host big groups of people in a broad and entertaining space, with interactive spots that will enrich the visitor’s experience, and help them learn in a fun way. Furthermore, it was made to inform our public about the volcanic activity in Costa Rica and to update them about the efforts that our government makes to develop and implement clean and renewable energies which also contribute to preserve our biodiversity.

The development of the subjects regarding vulcanology and geothermic energy was put together hand in hand with the technical advice and experience of the Costa Rican Volcanological and Seismological Observatory (OVSICORI) from the National University (UNA) and the Costarrican Electric Institute (ICE).

This Room was made possible thanks to the contribution of Japan and its people, through its program: “Programa de Asistencia para Proyecyos APC Cultural”, which provides financial assistance to projects involving education, health, agriculture, regional development and other social themes.