Conservation in Costa Rica

Gustavo Orozco was born and raised in central Costa Rica. He was mentored by his grandfather who encouraged Gustavo’s love of nature and developed his expertise in bird lore from an early age. This passion for tropical forest ecosystems compelled Gustavo to become one of Costa Rica’s outstanding conservationists.

In 1994, Gustavo purchased 300 acres of pristine tropical rainforest in the mountain valley near his home town of San Ramon. Over the years, he has been able to establish a biological research station on this land which currently hosts students from different universities from the USA and facilitates research projects on the premises. This biological research station is located in a region of Costa Rica that is considered to be one of the most biologically rich eco-systems in the western hemisphere. His goal has always been to preserve these 300 acres of first and second growth forest, and by doing so, create a biological corridor connecting several higher elevation areas of national conservation with private lands in the lower basin. This corridor links the Alberto Manuel Brenes Preserve, administered by the University of Costa Rica, with the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, administered by the Tropical Science Center.

This initiative to create healthier biological corridors for all tropical wildlife will help ensure a future for many charismatic and elusive creatures of the rainforest such as jaguars, pumas, tapirs and monkeys, as well as rare birds such as the Three-wattled Bellbird, the Bare-necked Umbrellabird and the Great Curassow. Currently, Gustavo´s property is under a conservation easement and has a fixed carbon output limit to mitigate not only GNT‘s carbon footprint, but also the carbon footprint of every client that travels with them.

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