SARAPIQUÍ, COSTA RICA - The III Amphibian and Reptiles Conservation International Symposium and Field Exploration was recently held at Selva Verde Lodge & Rainforest Reserve amidst primary forest in the Caribbean lowlands of Costa Rica. The symposium featured presentations and workshops, conservation and herpetological organizations and individuals.
There were numerous lectures herpetologists with extensive experience nationally and internationally at the Selva Verde Conference Center and activities to nearby parks and attractions, led by experts Herpetology. Costa Rica has one of the highest densities of herpetofauna in the world with more than 440 species of reptiles and amphibians.
Highlights included a tropical safari on the Sarapiquí River while searching for crocodiles, turtles, basilisks and iguanas. Another favorite was a visit to the Organization for Tropical Studies La Selva Biological Station. There were many talks during the symposium, including a talk featuring the herpetological work by Michelle Thompson in Costa Rica, entitled Recovery of Amphibian Communities in Regenerating Forest: Two Case Studies in Riparian and Upland Habitats of Secondary Forest, Costa Rica.
Conference attendees included Mark O’Shea, famous herpetology researcher, photographer and documentary expert, Hinrich Kaiser, one of the top representatives of integrative taxonomy and professor of field herpetology, Ray Morgan director and producer of the Venom Interviewes, Federico Bolaños leading Costarican herpetologist, Abel Batista, leading Panamanian herpetologist, and César Barrio-Amoros, taxonomist and herpetology tropical explorer for lectures and field expeditions.