By José Andrés Salazar • Biologist at the University of Costa Rica
The projects are the result of research carried out jointly between Veragua Rainforest Eco-Ad
venture and the University of Costa Rica. Another important contribution was that of local researchers, without which this would not be possible.
These projects aim to involve naturalists and volunteers to become new researchers. It is also intended to raise environmental awareness in a community with limited access to education.
The Neotropic zone is one of eight terrestrial eco-zones dividing the Earth's surface. This eco-zone includes Central and South America, the Mexican lowlands, the Caribbean Islands, and southern Florida, because these regions share a large number of plant and animal groups.
The Neotropic zone's flora and fauna is distinct from most of North America because of the long separation between the two continents.
The Neotropic includes more tropical rainforest than any other eco-zone, extending from southern Mexico through Central America and northern South America to southern Brazil, including the vast Amazon Rainforest. These rainforest eco-regions are one of the most important reserves of biodiversity on Earth.