Rainforest Publications' Fold-Out Pocket Field Guides are designed to slip into your pocket so that you can easily access our field guides and identify the flora and fauna you see while on your walks, hikes, and excursions through Costa Rica.

Rainforest Publications' Costa Rica Mammals Fold-out Pocket Field Guide shows 90 of the 216 mammal species recorded for Costa Rica. Almost all the species not included here are bats and small rodents, which generally can not be identified unless they are trapped.

The illustrations on this fold-out field guide from Rainforest Publications were created by British naturalist, Robert Dean, who has lived and worked in Monteverde, Costa Rica, since the early 1990s.

Mammal measurements shown on the field guide are the distance between the tip of the snout and the base of the tail for average-sized adults. Track measurements are the distance across the widest point of the hindtrack.

The illustration of each species on the field guide is accompanied by the name of the species in English, Spanish, and Latin. On the Rainforest Publications' Costa Rica mammals and tracks field guide, the letters after the English name represent the distribution with Costa Rica:

  • A: mammals typically found on the Atlantic side of Costa Rica, below 1500 meters; may be accompanied by N (north) or S (south);
  • P: mammals typically found on the Pacific side of Costa Rica, below 1500 meters; may be accompanied by N (north) or S (south);
  • M: mammals typically found in the Costa Rican mountains, above 1500 meters.
illustration of Puma copyright (c) 2008 Mark Wainright, all rights reserved
sample illustration
Puma or Mountain Lion
Puma concolor

Fold out pocket guides are approximately 24" by 8.75" (61 cm by 22 cm) when spread flat, and contain twelve 9 cm by 22 cm "pages" plus front and back cover pages. When folded, they are only approx. 3.5" by 8.75" (9 cm by 22 cm) and easily fit into your pocket.

image of one side of the Costa Rica mammal guide

One side of Rainforest Publications' Mammals & Tracks Guide (spread flat).

Rainforest Publications gives donations for each guide sold to environmental and educational organizations. See our About Us page for a list of organizations that have benefited from the sales of our Field Guides.