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Costa Rica

Costa Rica's wildlife and where to see it

With over 5% of all the species on earth to be found in an area a fifth the size of the UK, and with 25 % of the country either a national park or a wildlife reserve, Costa Rica is an excellent place to see wildlife.

Getting to see Costa Rica's wildlife has been made easy with numerous park trails, elevated walkways in the canopy and river boat trips. Local guides are generally very good at finding their local species and introducing you to their natural history.

The wildlife you will see in any area depends on the habitats found there. Costa Rica offers several good opportunities to experience three of the most significant tropical life zones: lowland rainforest, cloud forest and tropical dry forest. If you would like to see the widest range of wildlife then choose examples from each life zone rather than all the same.