Isla de Coiba, Panama

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Isla de Coiba is an island off the coast of Panama.  The terrain of Isla de Coiba is tropical rainforest inland and mangroves at the coast.

The elegant helmeted basilisk (Corytophanes cristatus) is a lizard that not a lot is known about. For more information, click here and then go to the Corytophanidae family then click on the Corytophanes cristatus link.

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Isla de Coiba is mostly a tropical rainforest that does not have that much change in the weather, as you can see in the graph above.  Really, the only thing that changes a little bit the precipitation level, which is slightly higher in November and December.

The Coiban Agouti (Dasyprocta coibae) is a rabbit-sized rodent that collects fallen fruit off the forest floor.  They usually live in small groups of two or three.  For more info, click here

 

The Coiba Island Howler Monkey (Alouatta coibensis) is a species of howler monkey found only on Isla de Coiba.  Coiba Island Howlers can eat about 2.2 pounds of fruit and leaves a day. For more info, click here           

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Isla de Coiba is an island tropical rainforest located at 7.5 East and 81.7 South. The coast of Coiba also has mangroves mixed into the terrain.  A tropical rainforest is a biome which gets rain year round which adds up to a total of 50-260cm of rain yearly.  A tropical rainforest's temperature ranges from 68-93 Fahrenheit with a humidity level of between 77%-88%.  Tropical rainforests cover less than 6% or the earth's surface, but more than half of the world's plant and animal species live in tropical rainforests.  Also, tropical rainforests produce 40% of the world's oxygen.

Isla de Coiba is an island off the coast of Panama, and is a wildlife preservation.  It was the site of a penal colony from 1919 to 2004, when it was declared a national wildlife reserve.

Since Isla de Coiba is a wildlife preserve, most of the plant life has been unaffected by humans.  The main types of plants in Isla de Coiba are mangrove plants (Rhizophora family) There are also multiple kinds of tropical land plants too.

Isla de Coiba has many unique animals including the coiban agouti, coiba island howler monkey, and the coiba spinetail (bird). All of there animals are specific to Isla de Coiba and the islands around it.  There are not that many differences between a normal species  and a coiban version though, as there might be with another place.

Most of the predators on Isla de Coiba and the islands around it are lizards or fish, like sharks.  Some lizards, like the elegant helmeted basilisk, eat small insects and other small prey.  Sharks, on the other hand, eat fish and other water creatures (as you probably already know).  There are also crabs, spiders, and ants.

There are almost no human inhabitants on coiba, besides tourists and scientists.  This is partly because before 2004, Isla de Coiba was the location of an extremely rough penal colony (jail) that had hundreds of disappearances and deaths occur on its premises.  Even after the colony closed its doors due to protesters, the island kept its reputation as being haunted and such by the spirits of the dead prisoners, keeping the locals away.

The human impact and global warming impact on Isla de Coiba has been kept at a minimal, since it is a wildlife preserve.  In the future though, the impact may get larger, as the Panamanian government is considering to lower the budget for wildlife reserves. Due to this, the funding to protect Isla de Coiba as a wildlife preserve.

Overall, Isla de Coiba is a very interesting place with its diversity in wildlife and preservation status.  One of the reasons I chose Isla de Coiba is that I was going to do Panama, but it was too large of an area, so I looked up Panamanian national parks and found Coiba national park.  If you are ever interested in a nice vacation location or a place where the jungle remains fairly untouched, Isla de Coiba is a good destination.

The Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle) is one of the most common types of mangrove plants in the world.  It is especially common in Panama, where a lot of the landmass is mangroves. 

 

This is the Traveler's Palm that is another unique plant that is found in Panama.  This palm is actually not a palm, but is instead a tree.  For more info on the traveler's palm, click here

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