The Children’s Eternal Rain Forest is the largest private reserve in Costa Rica with an Area of 22,500 hectares or 54,000 acres, and it continues to grow.
It was created by the Monteverde Conservation League (MCL), a non-profit organization.
This was possible thanks to the help from children that started raising money in the Swedish countryside to save the rainforest near Monteverde. The idea spread, and eventually non-profits in 44 different countries were sending money to help.
The CER straddles the continental divide, extending from about 600 m in elevation on the Caribbean slope, up to the highest peaks at almost 1,800 m, and down to about 900 m on the Pacific slope. Climate, and with it the flora and fauna, change very fast across the different slopes and elevation; six of Costa Rica's twelve life zones are found within the CER. This is one of the main reasons the CER is one of the richest natural areas on Earth. It is home for about 440 species or 5% of the world's birds, 60 species or 6.5% of the world's bats, 700 species or 3% of the world's butterflies; and 360 species or 3% of the world's ferns, and just a few examples!
The CER is also the watershed that feeds the dozens of communities and farms beneath it, as well as hydroelectric projects which, together, produce about one third of Costa Rica's electricity.
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