National Parks of Costa Rica by Gregory BascoNational Parks of Costa Rica by Gregory Basco

National Parks of Costa Rica

byGregory Basco, Robin KazmierPhotographed byGregory Basco

Hardcover | November 10, 2015

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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 photographer in Costa Rica and a BBC/Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He is the owner of owner of Deep Green Photography and Foto Verde Tours. Gregory Basco is a photographer in Costa Rica and a BBC/Veolia Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He is the owner of owner of Deep Green Photography and Foto Verde ...
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Title:National Parks of Costa RicaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 11.8 × 9.84 × 0.98 inPublished:November 10, 2015Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801454018

ISBN - 13:9780801454011

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Table of Contents

FOREWORD BY RODRIGO GÁMEZ-LOBO

INTRODUCTION

GUANACASTE

CENTRAL PACIFIC

OSA

ARENAL AND TENORIO

CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS

SARAPIQUÍ LOWLANDS

TORTUGUERO

SOUTHERN CARIBBEAN

COCOS ISLAND

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

FURTHER READING

ABOUT THE PHOTOS AND PHOTO CREDITS

SPECIES INDEX

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER AND AUTHOR

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"The startling beauty of the photographs in these pages captures the elusive secret of Costa Rica's charm. It is a book about living nature, an unsurpassed display of photographic artistry that reveals plants and animals in all of their glory—showing brilliant colors, fascinating postures, bizarre shapes, and intriguing behaviors. National Parks of Costa Rica transports the reader into the lives of tropical organisms and into the wonderful places where they are found. Costa Rica is a natural jewel, and this is a jewel of a book."—Mary Jane West-Eberhard, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute