The Extinction of the Harpy Eagle (Harpia harpyia) in Costa Rica

As stated in early Greek mythology, the conquistadors settlers saw the harpy as a “frightful, flying creature with hooked beak and claws.”  For many tribes deep in the rainforest, the harpy is believed to be an embodiment of tribal chiefs, a symbol of willingness and bravery. Fact File Habitat: Harpy Eagles inhabit an extensive range of areas, […]

The Extinction of the Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) in Costa Rica

Distribution: The global distribution of the giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) is endemic throughout South and Central America, but absent from North America (1). They can be found inhabiting a diverse range of native habitats, including grasslands, savannas and both humid and dry forests. They also have shown a presence in agricultural landscapes, including pasturelands, managed forests, and sugarcane fields. […]

Ecological Diversity And Its Role In Nature

An introduction to the ecological hierarchy Populations Communities Ecosystem Biome Biosphere  What is ecological diversity? Ecological diversity is the largest scale of biodiversity. On a global scale, ecological diversity would look into the variation in ecosystems such as deserts, grasslands, forests, oceans, and wetlands. Within each ecosystem, there is a great deal of both species […]

Biodiversity As The Vital Building Block For Sustaining A Healthy Rainforest

Rainforests are found on every continent except Antarctica. The four critical layers in which they are made up include:  Emergent Trees 200 feet (60meters) Grow far apart and tall. Branches reaching above the canopy. Upper canopy A deep layer of vegetation roughly 20 feet (6 meters) thick. Houses most of the rainforest’s animal species and […]

Playing Your Part In The Preservation Of The Jaguar In Costa Rica

Have you ever seen a jaguar in the wild? If you have, then you are one of the privileged few, because a wild jaguar sighting is an extremely elusive event. The jaguar (Panthera onca) is an exquisitely camouflaged master of stealth that will go to great lengths to avoid any contact with humans. Jaguar encounters […]

Freedom to Roam Wild

Freedom to Roam –  is the general public’s right to access certain public or privately owned land, lakes, and rivers for recreation and exercise. The right is sometimes called the right of public access to the wilderness or the “right to roam“. Living organisms and ecosystems are essential for a healthy and productive human life. […]

Top 5 Countries In The World For Conservation

USING MEGAFAUNA AS AN INDEX FOR SUCCESS: Megafauna (from Latin greek Megas ‘large’ and fauna ‘animal life’) comprises of the large or giant animals of an area. Megafauna has been used as a conservation index because they are particularly valuable in economic, ecological, and societal terms. Recent studies have indicated that 60% of the world’s […]

Failures In Rainforest Conservation Efforts We Must Learn From!

As the developing world intends to indefinitely increase, we are losing our natural forests in the tropics at a rapid rate. From Asia (Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand), Africa (Ivory Coast, Cameroon), and Latin America (Colombia) extensive deforestation has taken place and the forest loss rates vary significantly across these different countries (1).So why should we care? […]

The Role of Private Land Stewardship in Conservation

Near the middle of the last century, Costa Rica faced a deforestation crisis. Heavy agricultural and ranching practices reduced the country’s original 75% forest cover to only 26% (3). In the 1970s and 80’s the Costa Rican government took action to reduce and reverse the environmental destruction, growing the National Parks system and creating financial […]