Costa Rica Biodiversity

Costa Rica, a landmass encompassing only .03% of the earth’s surface, contains 5% of earth’s biodiversity - a density that is unmatched anywhere else in the world. Aside from arid regions in Guanacaste, Costa Rica is green and lush year round. Its thick forests, vast wetlands, and misty mountains teem with life.

Much of what enables Costa Rica’s biodiversity to remain intact is strong environmental education among its citizens and visitors, helping everyone to understand the significance of the natural world and the importance of sustained stewardship of its sensitive ecosystems.

Although it would take a lifetime for any individual to witness the full range of Costa Rica’s biodiversity, we hope this section of our website provides interesting insight into some of Costa Rica’s many natural treasures. We have composed a series of species profiles that describe habitats and natural history. Obviously, there are too many species for us to cover them all, but we are continuing to expand our mammal, sea mammal, reptile, and amphibian profiles. In the near future we hope to also include insects, trees, and plants.

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