Tiskita Private Biological Reserve
Tiskita's owner, Peter Aspinall, has a passion for conservation. Over the years, he established Tiskita Private Biological Reserve through protection and reforestation.
Tiskita Private Biological Reserve is a protected area that makes up over 90% of Tiskita. It is the result of the conservation work by Peter Aspinall, Tiskita’s owner, and his wife Lisbeth, which they started in the 1970s. An extensive trail-system crosses the reserve.
The reserve comprises primary tropical rainforest (roughly 300 acres), secondary tropical rainforest, and areas of reforestation. Many animal and plant species thrive in Tiskita, including endangered species like the Central American Squirrel Monkey.
The tropical rainforest in Tiskita is much like the tropical rainforest on the Osa Peninsula, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems on earth. It is categorized as a “tropical wet rainforest”, a hot and humid tropical rainforest.
Tropical Wet Rainforest
The tropical wet rainforest of Costa Rica has an average annual rainfall of 4000 to 6000 millimeters. There is no clearly defined dry season, but the wettest months are followed by drier periods.
Other characteristics are:
- Four to five canopy layers
- Tall trees (up to 60 meters)
- An abundance of lianas and epiphytes
- An undergrowth with a variety of palm species
- Abundant and diverse species
Common animals in Tiskita are many species of birds, three types of monkeys, two species of sloth, agoutis, Coatis, iguanas, colorful insects, and more.
Other common animals may need to be pointed out by a guide because of their small size or camouflage, for example, frogs, snakes, Kinkajous, Pacas, and bats. Wild cats, such as Jagarundis and Ocelots, are around, but they are extremely secretive.