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A former prison becomes a national park
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Between 1873 and 1991, the island of San Lucas housed the most brutal prison in Costa Rica (Central America). In 2001, the island was classified as a wildlife refuge. Since August 2020, it has become the 30th national park in the country. San Lucas Island is home to a great diversity of wildlife: howler monkeys, armadillos, pheasants, deer, raccoons, anteaters, snakes, crocodiles as well as hammerhead sharks, manta rays, and turtles that live in its waters.
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