Costa Rica's Wildlife & Nature
One of the main attractions to Costa Rica is the varied wildlife on display throughout the country. In a country roughly the size of West Virginia, with about 0.03% of the world's land mass, Costa Rica is home to about 6% of the world's biodiversity. This biodiversity can be attributed to Costa Rica's location as a bridge between North & South America. There are more bird species found in Costa Rica than can be found in the whole of North America- which includes 600 resident birds and more than 200 migratory birds.
In addition, there are 7 active volcanoes. The 2 that are the most visited are Arenal which is among the 10 most active volcanoes worldwide and Poas which is the 2nd widest volcano in the world. More than 25% of Costa Rica's land is either national park, nature refuge or nature reserve.
Below is a list of different types of nature and the number of species found in Costa Rica:
34,000 Insects (including butterflies)
9,000 Plants (including 900 trees)
1,000 Butterflies (10% of the earth's species)
857 Birds (including 54 hummingbirds & 15 parrots & 6 toucans)
130 Fresh Water Fish