The Children Eternal Rainforest Reserve it’s a private organization dedicated to the conservation of the Rainforests and Cloud Forests of Costa Rica. This reserve is very important for the conservation of the natural resources because it is known to have one of the highest biological density on the planet, and due to this, the Children Eternal Rainforest Reserve is undoubtedly one of the obligatory stops for scientists and biologists to study the biodiversity of our country in the largest private nature preserve. This reserve is also open to the general public, for those nature lovers who want to know a little bit of the 23,000 hectares covering this vast region of forest and wildlife.
The area where the reserve is located has a large number of services including lodging, food, Wi-Fi network service, kilometers of trails, meeting room for investigations, among others. Thanks to the visit of the American-biologist Sharon Kinsman, this ambitious project began because she talked about this tropical forest and also encouraged some Swedish children to start with the project in this area. They fell in love with the subject and started the idea to raise funds and joined efforts to save a large part of the rain forest of this area, bordering 3 provinces. Besides this, some institutions including the government of Sweden, managed to purchase lands. From there, the spark began and inspired individuals, schools, and children from more than 44 countries to make this beautiful project, which is managed by the Monteverde’s Conservation Association. Year after year, this place continues receiving people from around the world, who are fascinated because of the long trails and the innumerable flora and fauna that is present here.
Flora and Fauna
Taking about flora and fauna, this park offers great biodiversity, here you will find a huge number of species: 60 species of amphibians, 101 of reptiles, more than 400 species of birds, such as the Mountain Sparrow or Jacamar Rabirrufo, the Emerald Toucanet, the Sergeant, the Motmot Bird, the swallow kite, the Pirate Flycatcher, the Cardinal or Tanager Veranera, the Resplendent Quetzal, the Three-Wattled Bell Bird, different hummingbird species, woodpeckers, orioles, parrots, parakeets, and many others; as well as more than 120 species of mammals, such as the Howler monkey, capuchin monkeys and spider monkeys, coatis, porcupines, peccaries, agoutis (commonly known as guatusas in Costa Rica), deer, pacas, squirrels, jaguars and tapirs, which is the largest land mammal in Costa Rica and very abundant in these forests. These forests also host an innumerable number of invertebrate species that are subject of daily studies in the Children Eternal Rainforest Reserve.
Visiting Costa Rica was an unforgettable experience for the person in charge of this project, Sharon Kinsman who, since 1987, was in charge of giving it life, 30 years later, what started as a school project continues to become a reality and teaches us that on this planet we have to continue struggling to leave a better world for the following generations. She is one of the many who let themselves be enchanted by Costa Rica and let themselves be carried away by its diverse nature.
Due to its geographic location up in the mountains of the Costa Rican Continental divide, the weather at the trails of the Children Eternal Rainforest Reserve is normally cooler than the rest of the country. In this region is very common to have foggy days with drizzling rain, the typical weather in the Cloud Forest of Costa Rica.
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