Sunday Funday: Fun facts about Costa Rican Biodiversity

Poas Volcano Crater, courtesy Wikipedia

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.

Learn more about Costa Rica by clicking here!

Map of Costa Rica courtesy of Visit Costa Rica

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