The unique geography and climate of Costa Rica provide the small country with extraordinary biodiversity – North American and South American species of flora and fauna can be found side by side there, taking advantage of the serendipitous conditions. The government of Costa Rica has shown a strong commitment to preserving their natural bounty. It has expressed this wildlife conservation ethic by establishing a robust network of national parks designed to protect pieces of every type of ecosystem and preserve watersheds. The country's twenty-six national parks and other protected areas comprise some 25 percent of its total landmass.
The national park system, practically from the beginning, has been characterized by its ambition and innovative approach. As a result, today Costa Rica is home to the largest remaining (and expanding) patch of tropical dry forest in the world, the largest intact mangrove forest in Central America, legendary cloud forests, and numerous sea turtle nesting sites of global importance – to name just a few of its environmental accomplishments.
National Parks of Costa Rica features stunning photographs by Gregory Basco, a professional Costa Rica nature photographer. It provides an unparalleled glimpse into the treasures of Costa Rica's parks. With stunning images and informative text, National Parks of Costa Rica imparts an appreciation for the richness of nature and the importance of environmental conservation.
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Foreword by Rodrigo Gámez-Lobo
- Central Pacific
- Arenal And Tenorio
- Central Highlands
- Southern Highlands
- Sarapiquí Lowlands
- Southern Caribbean
- Cocos Island
About The Photos And Photo Credits
About The Photographer And Author
"Basco's stunning photography offers a visual testament to the wisdom of the Costa Rican government in preserving natural resources [...] VERDICT This inspirational volume can be used in science and environmental studies classes as well as enjoyed by general readers. The nature preserves of Costa Rica are the national park ideal, which was born in the United States, at its very best."
– Patricia Ann Owens, Library Journal (01/01/2016)
"The startling beauty of the photographs in these pages captures the elusive secret of Costa Rica's charm. It is a book about living nature, an unsurpassed display of photographic artistry that reveals plants and animals in all of their glory – showing brilliant colors, fascinating postures, bizarre shapes, and intriguing behaviors. National Parks of Costa Rica transports the reader into the lives of tropical organisms and into the wonderful places where they are found. Costa Rica is a natural jewel, and this is a jewel of a book."
– Mary Jane West-Eberhard, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute