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Costa Rican Wildlife

Wildlife in Costa Rica

Wildlife in Costa Rica. No other country on the planet has such variety; among the abundant variety of Costa Rican animals are 200 species of reptiles.

The variety of Costa Rican wildlife is enormous. It has such a rich variety of plants and animals due to the fact that it is located between two continents and it has a neo-tropical climate, therefore it provides a large amount of habitats with varying conditions.

In fact, whilst the country has only about 0.25% of the world's landmass, it contains 5% of the world's biodiversity, and is home to more than 500,000 different species. No other country on the planet has such variety; among the abundant variety of Costa Rican animals are 160 species of amphibians and 200 species of reptiles.

Whilst there is a huge diversity of wildlife, there are some protected species in Costa Rica that are under threat. Turtles, for example, are still threatened by human activity. Fortunately despite the killing and the robbery of turtle eggs, nesting sites are being protected and secured hatcheries have been established.

Approximately 25% of Costa Rica is in protected national parks and protected areas, the largest percentage of protected areas in the world. In recent years, ecotourism has drawn many tourists to national parks and protected areas, in the search of an adventure in the Costa Rican rainforests.

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