About our reserve

Facts & Figures

The reserve of Adopt Rainforest

Adopt Rainforest’s mission is to protect 2000 hectares of rainforest. This 2000-hectare area serves as an important buffer to the nearby Barbilla National Park and the Cabécar Indigenous Reserve. Costa Rica’s rainforest is one of the most beautiful, special and biodiverse places on earth: It is essential to preserve for current and future generations. The pressure on the rainforest is well felt in this region. From the inhabited world, deforestation is pushing further and further towards the National Park and Indigenous Reserve. Adopt Rainforest aims to ensure that both the National Park and the Indigenous Reserve remain untouched. So that animals such as the Jaguar can continue to live a safe life here.

Contribute too: adopt your piece of rainforest


The reserve of Adopt Rainforest is located in eastern Costa Rica. It is typical lowland rainforest with high humidity and enormous biodiversity of plants and animals. The lowest point is about 50m above sea level and from the highest point you look out over the Caribbean Sea at 250m above sea level.  The reserve is located in the ecological corridor connecting North and South America (the Mesoamerican wildlife corridor), An important area for animals to migrate freely. It is part of “Reserva de Biosfera La Amistad” which has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Coordinates: 10°00’24.6″N 83°21’19.9″W

Plan a visit to the reserve in Costa Rica

What lives in the reserve

Since 2017, an ongoing biodiversity survey has been running with the help of Dutch students. Together we inventory everything that lives in the reserve. It is incredible how many animal species we have observed so far. Take the number of amphibians as an example. So far 37 different species have been observed just in our reserve, while the whole of the Netherlands has a total of 16 species of amphibians. This research has only been going on for a couple of years, so who knows what else we will encounter. Here is a list of the number of different species per animal group that we have observed in the reserve in recent years:

41 mammals
319 birds
303 butterflies
68 reptiles
37 amphibians
36 fish
86 dragonflies

Species list per group

Variety of plants and trees

In recent years, we have mainly done research on animals living in the foundation’s rainforest. In the coming years, in cooperation with a Dutch and a Costa Rican University, we will do research on the diversity of plants and trees. Expectations are high, so we are looking forward to the collaboration.

Dive for 2 minutes into your piece of rainforest and admire all the beautiful animals that live in it:

Our main goal is to protect 2.000 hectares of rainforest.

Started with 3 hectares GOAL: 2000 hectares
227 hectares of rainforest protected!