Costa Rica, which is roughly the size of West Virginia, contains over 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity.
Facts about the Costa Rican Biological Diversity:
- It is possible to find more species per square mile in Costa Rica than in larger countries
- Costa Rica is estimated to host half a million species including plants, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds.
- Costa Rica serves as a sort of biological bridge connecting North and South America.
- Costa Rica is home to approximately 5% of the species worldwide.
- More than half of Costa Rica is covered by lush forests and about a quarter is protected by parks and reserves.
- Costa Rica’s landmass accounts for only 0.03% of the entire planet’s surface.