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Saving Costa Rica Costa Rica is an Eco-tourists paradise The country holds some of the most beautiful rainforests and rivers in the entire world The lush habitat of Costa Rica also supports some of the most expansive and diverse flora and fauna in the world The area of Costa Rica contains over 1000 species of trees 8000 species of flowering plants 200 species of mammal including the beautiful but elusive jaguar and over 800 bird species nearly one-tenth of the worlds total species of birds Burnie 25 Tourism is Costa Ricas number one industry Last year tourism brought in over 600 million dollars which represents about 30 of Costa Ricas foreign earnings Re-evaluating 21 Seventy-six percent of all tourists visit Costa Ricas National parks and the number of tourists visiting annually is increasing each year Burnie 25 Though revenues from tourism are increasing many problems plague Costa Ricas environment and inevitably the economy Costa Rica is currently rivaling Brazil for the highest deforestation rate Frommer 24 Seventy-five years ago three fourths of Costa Rica was covered by forest Today only twenty percent of the nation retains its original forest cover Dreshner 23 Along with habitat destruction comes extinction According to the World Reasources Institutes report Costa Rica is home to thirteen endangered birds nine endangered mammals and two endangered reptiles All of these animals are harmed by habitat loss or the increase of foreign species that follow dramatic changes in the countryside Rachoweiki 26 Deforestation also causes erosion which turns clear waters brown with the addition of mud and silt Costa Rica has some of the most beautiful rivers in the world In fact the Rio Pacuare is called by three rafting magazines The fifth most beautiful river in the world Buckner 2 Without its clear waters the Rio Pacuare will not be able hold that status Every year the Pacuare brings over 450000 tourists to its waters Buckner 4 Almost all tourists experience the
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