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Costa Rica: Biodiversity

Costa Rica: Biodiversity

Costa Rica has a diverse wildlife. Here, there are more than 500,000 different animal and plant species and about 300,000 of them are insects! That’s a lot of bugs!

The government of Costa Rica understands the country’s importance in the natural world. More than 25% of its lands are protected. This means no one is allowed to change or harm these areas.

One example of this protected land is Palo Verde National Park. This huge park covers more than 45,000 acres – that’ s three times larger than the island of Manhattan in New York City. The park is home to white-faced monkeys, scaly iguanas, crocodiles, and dozens of colorful birds, making it one of the most popular spots for bird watching in the world!

In Costa Rica, there are almost 900 bird species. Today, I got up close with dozens of the world’s smallest bird – the hummingbird!

Hummingbirds are such speedy fliers that when you see one, it’s usually only for a moment, and then they’re gone in a flash. Most of a hummingbird’s time is spent in flight, and because of this they haven’t developed much strength in their feet. They can perch on a branch or flower while they eat, but they can barely walk.

Jenny

 

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