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An exceptional photographic opportunity!!!.
Visits are generally at 3:00 PM daily and only available by making a prior reservation.
Special visits may be organized upon request.
For online reservations to visit Ara Manzanillo please email: visit@aramanzanillo.org or call +506-8971-1436.

On the Brink of Extinction



The Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguus) is classified as a species endangered of extinction (Appendix 1) per the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). In 2009, the worldwide population was estimated at only 1500 individuals with approximately 350 in Costa Rica (E. Monge 2010). In 2016, the species is still determined to suffer very rapid and continuing population declines (BirdLife International 2016). To reduce the risk of disappearance, all efforts to conserve and reintroduce this species are of great importance.

Starting in 2010, Ara Manzanillo has contributed approximately 60 individuals to the free flying population, increasing the country's Great Green population by 17% and the world population by 4%. Few conservation projects have made such a significant impact on the comeback of a species in grave danger of extinction.

Ara Manzanillo is a Costa Rican licensed, non-profit organization with government oversight. The project is professionally staffed and works in close collaboration with the Ministry for the Environment of Costa Rica.