Approximately 214 species of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and corals, are seeing their numbers threatened. Because of deforestation, separated pockets or islands remain isolated and without corridors, populations dwindle. Poaching and agricultural growth also contribute to the decline of species. But through proper planning to protect and further develop corridors Costa Rica’s rich biodiversity can be preserved.
In Costa Rica 25% of the land is protected areas, through ongoing efforts the number of animals endangered or threatened has remained stable.
Currently declared endangered are macaws, scarlet macaw, pumas, tapirs, anteaters, jaguars and ocelots, boa constrictors, crocodile, amphibian and a number of species of orchids.
The Association for the Preservation of Flora and Fauna, said that little protection of wetlands and places of migration, global warming, the narrowness of the habitat, the use of chemicals in agriculture, affect or interrupt the passage species.
Costa Rica is home to approximately 5% of the worlds biodiversity and with such a complex eco system in such a small country, has had to use unique solution, such as combining the Ministries Energy and environment into a single entity to ensure coordinated efforts are maintained.
The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
San Jose Costa Rica