Great News for Costa Rican’s and all persons living in this tropical paradise! One of the great parks, INBioparque was in danger of being closed due to lack of funding. This would have been a great loss to the many people that enjoy the diversity of animal and plant life that can be found there. http://www.inbioparque.com/
INBio is the National Biodiversity Institute of Costa Rica, a non-profit organization founded in 1989 dedicated to scientific research and promoting the importance of conserving the country’s rich biological diversity. INBioparque, conveniently located within minutes of downtown San Jose, is a one-stop introduction to all of Costa Rica, offering an interactive experience through its ecological park. The park aims to bring families, students and visitors into closer contact with Costa Rica’s natural resources.
Why is this important?
Costa Rica is home to over 10,000 species of plants and trees, over 850 indigenous and migrant birds, 205 species of mammals, over 35,000 species of insects, 160 species of amphibians, 220 species of reptiles, and around 1,013 species of fresh and saltwater fish. With over 615 wildlife species per 10,000 sq km, Costa Rica sits atop of the list as the most bio-diverse region of the world.
25% of the country’s land has been set aside and turned into protective parks and reserves so as to safeguard this beautiful and diverse country from deforestation and logging. Costa Rica has 27 national parks, 58 wildlife refuges, 32 protected zones, 15 wetland areas/mangroves, 11 forest reserves and 8 biological reserves, as well as 12 other conservation regions that protect the distinctive and diverse natural habitats found throughout the country. An estimated 5% of the world’s biodiversity found here.
Teaching conservation to families is important so that this beautiful country can be protected!
The park which was opened to the public in 2000 is a non-profit organization and was designed to show representations of all the different types of forests and their species found in Costa Rica.
INBioparque was not able to keep up with the operation costs and mounting debts so the Costa Rican government is stepping up to save the park. The Costa Rican government stated that the three government ministries will assume the administration duties and the $188,000 monthly expenses to keep the INBioparque open to the public.
This means thanks to the governments help there is no need for temporary closing of the park and the educational work can continue. It is this kind of action that shows the government’s commitment to keeping this tropical paradise open for all to see.