Costa Rica national park in new conservation drive

Starting this month, Costa Rica’s most visited national park, Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, will now be closed Mondays per an executive decree from the Environment Ministry, which was published following recommendations from the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC).

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Image by Leonora Enking / CC BY-SA 2.0

SINAC data showed that over 360,000 visitors entered the park last year, and the organisation has argued that the closure was necessary to maintain conservation standards in the area. Earlier this year, SINAC also banned the entry of outside food into the park, citing visitors’ habit of feeding the wild animals as the source of major ecological problems, including pollution, changes in the eating patterns of local species, and the spread of diseases. Read more: ticotimes.net

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