Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Natural wonders of the World : Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica

Located at the continental divide, which is about 110 mile to the north from San Jose, Monteverde Cloud Forest crosses Santa Elena Reserve and Monteverde Biological Cloud Forest Reserve. Both these reserves also protect the forest.

Monteverde Cloud Forest is amongst the popular inland tourist destination in Costa Rica. Its forest reserves are pretty rich when it comes to the ecological diversity. At the same time, they have a huge population of wildlife. In addition, this forest has a birding paradise. It is believed that it has around 1,000 resplendent quetzals.

The Quetzals are species of birds that have been tagged endangered throughout the Central America. As per experts, they are considered amongst the magnificent species of the Western Hemisphere.

When it comes to animals in Monteverde Cloud Forest, mammals are very difficult to be spotted. This is mainly due to the fact that there is limited visibility for mist and rain. At the same time, there are number of humans passing through there. It is believed that the reserve over here is a significant place for protecting and maintaining wildlife in Costa Rica. The animals found over there include, agoutis, coatis, howler monkey, sloths, white-faced monkey, squirrels, innumerable species of birds, insects and butterflies along with snakes.

Quakers, who arrived from Alabama in 1951, played a vital role in preserving the Monteverde Cloud Forest. They worked with World Wildlife Fund and the Nature Conservancy to fend off the challenges posed by the Squatters and other calamities. Quakers bought 328 hectares of land adjacent to the land that they already preserved. This new Reserve was given the name Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Further down the line, the land was expanded with funds coming from different communities. Today, Monteverde Cloud Forest has 10,500 hectares of area.

For its huge area and presence of wonderful wildlife, Monteverde Cloud Forest has been voted as one of the natural wonders of the world.

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