National Parks of Costa Rica
by Gregory Basco & Robin Kazmier – Foreword by Rodrigo Gamez-Lobo
Music – “Kalimba Call” (from the album Morning on the River) by Kevin Gerzevitz
The unique geography and climate of Costa Rica provide the small country with extraordinary biodiversity—North American and South American species of flora and fauna can be found side by side there, taking advantage of the serendipitous conditions. The government of Costa Rica has shown a strong commitment to preserving their natural bounty. It has expressed this wildlife conservation ethic by establishing a robust network of national parks designed to protect pieces of every type of ecosystem and preserve watersheds. The country’s twenty-six national parks and other protected areas comprise some 25 percent of its total landmass.
The national park system, practically from the beginning, has been characterized by its ambition and innovative approach. As a result, today Costa Rica is home to the largest remaining (and expanding) patch of tropical dry forest in the world, the largest intact mangrove forest in Central America, legendary cloud forests, and numerous sea turtle nesting sites of global importance—to name just a few of its environmental accomplishments.
This book features stunning photographs by Gregory Basco, a professional Costa Rica nature photographer. It provides an unparalleled glimpse into the treasures of Costa Rica’s parks. With stunning images and informative text, National Parks of Costa Rica imparts an appreciation for the richness of nature and the importance of environmental conservation.
Gregory Basco is a BBC/Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year and also Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice prizewinner, for which he most recently won the Art in Nature category. He is the owner of Deep Green Photography and Foto Verde Tours.
Robin Kazmier lives in Costa Rica, where she has worked on a cocoa farm, led international education programs, and explored many of the country’s protected areas. She now lives in San Jose and works as an editor of natural history books for Zona Tropical Press.
Rodrigo Gamez-Lobo is Director General and President of INBio Costa Rica.