Costa Rica national parks, reserves and refuges account for an astounding 14,000 sq. km or 28 percent of the country's territory! They protect numerous of species of wildlife including over 800 species of birds, 250 mammal species, 225 reptiles, 175 amphibians and thousands upon thousands of species of plant and tree life. The various ecosystems are spread between 12 unique climate and life zones which cover everything from tropical mangroves to cool cloud forests higher than 10,000 feet in elevation.
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