Gandoca-Manzanillo Refuge renamed to honor slain Costa Rica conservationist

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Gandoca-Manzanillo

Starting Monday, the refuge will be known as the Jairo Mora Sandoval Gandoca-Manzanillo National Refuge, Lindsay Fendt reports for The Tico Times.

According to Costa Rica’s National Nomenclature Committee, as of Monday, the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge will officially be known as the Jairo Mora Sandoval Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge.

The renaming of the refuge honors slain turtle conservationist Jairo Mora, who was killed May 31 while patrolling Moín Beach, on the northern Caribbean coast, to protect nesting leatherback turtles and their eggs.

Though the Environment Ministry originally planned to designate a protected area at Moín and name it for the conservationist, Mora’s family, originally from Gandoca-Manzanillo, requested their son’s homage to be closer to home. 

Located seven miles south of Puerto Viejo on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, the 12,382-acre-park is a popular nesting spot for green, hawksbill, leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles. Mora grew up near the park and learned…

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