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Costa Rica Facts

Costa Rica is a Jewel of a CountryCosta Rica Sunset

Some Facts:
More than 25 percent of its land is dedicated to helping preserve the earth's biodiversity; more than 6 percent of the world's plant and animal species are found in this small country, even though it covers less than a third of 1 percent of the earth's surface; 14 percent of the nation is dedicated to 20 national parks; and 21 percent of the land is in 26 protected areas, nine forest reserves, and seven animal sanctuaries. In short, Costa Rica takes the preservation and conservation of its natural resources very seriously.

Costa Rican Biodiversity:
An abundance of lush greens and other tropical colors, the Costa Rican rain forests are a national treasure. Costa Rica maintains 25 percent of its land for biological preserves, national forests, and other protected sites. Research, education, and investment in a stable and welcoming tourist industry have contributed greatly to the world's understanding of just how important our natural environment is.

There are many wonderful and unique things about this country...

  • 130 species of freshwater fish
  • 160 species of amphibians
  • 208 species of mammals
  • 220 species of reptiles (lizards, snakes, caimans, crocodiles)
  • 850 species of birds
  • 1,000 species of butterflies
  • 1,200 varieties of orchids
  • 9,000 species of plants
  • 34,000 species of insects
  • Canal networks through jungles
  • Cloud forests
  • Coral reefs
  • Deciduous forests
  • Elevations from sea level to 12,529 feet
  • Mangrove swamps
  • Rain forests
  • Tropical dry forests
  • Volcanoes (112 craters)
  • White, black, and pink shell beaches on both coasts
  • Extensive networks of rivers

Costa Rica is home to:
  • more than 6% of all life forms on earth
  • more than 630 resident bird species (quetzals, macaws, parrots)
  • 120 seasonal migrating birds (hawks, falcons, eagles)
  • 66 species of hummingbirds
  • 5,000 different species of grasshoppers
  • 160 known amphibians (frogs and toads, turtles, salamanders)
  • 10% of all known butterflies
  • many varieties of mammals including, sloths, tapirs, jaguars, and monkeys