You have decided to come to Costa Rica and one of the reasons you chose Costa Rica is probably because of its incredible national parks teeming with life. You made the right decision and you will soon understand why Costa Rica is famous worldwide for its biodiversity protection efforts. When you visit one of its numerous national parks, you literally cannot take a step without seeing a new insect, a new animal, or a new plant that will amaze you.
Westerners are so not used to see wild animals such as monkeys, crocodiles, or raccoons that they quickly get too excited about it! And they would do anything in their power to make them stay with them a little longer. Now, you see me coming… Food! Yes, that’s the trick. I have seen many tourists feeding wild animals while their guide or the forest wardens were not watching. Every time I witness it, it just breaks my heart. People don’t realize that they are clearly not making them a favor; in fact, they are actually harming them and facilitating their extinction.
As a true wildlife and monkey lover, I needed to write about wild animal feeding to raise awareness among tourists coming to Costa Rica because most people are actually not aware of the harm they are causing when they decide to feed wild animals or when they accidentally drop a biscuit or “let” wild animals search for food in their bags.
Now that you are aware of the disastrous effects of wild animal feeding, please help us save the biodiversity of Costa Rica and resist the temptation. It is much more enjoyable and gratifying to simply observe wild animals in their natural habitat and to know that by visiting this particular national park where they live, you have helped save their home. Maybe you’ll only see them a few seconds, but believe me, these few seconds will be priceless.