Member of the elite club of Megadiverse nations of the world (among 17 others ). The richest country in reptile species (some 707 of them). Second richest country in the case of mammals (438 species, for heaven’s sake!). Fourth in amphibians and floral variety, with 290 and 26000 species respectively (and respectfully..). Think of it. 2,00,000 different species crammed in a small country. Mexico, dear traveler, is richly blessed in biodiversity. You better come prepared..
The Mexicans are well aware of their country’s rich storehouse of nature’s bounty, and the government has had effective legislation to provide safety to more than 2500 species. This is for good reason too, because, as a way of feeding you with still another fact (a fat one at that), Mexico has the second largest ecosystem in the world and the fourth largest variety of species. Unfortunately, in the recent times (and we can blame the ever ending growth of population for that), deforestation has taken a serious turn in the country and as a result the biodiversity of Mexico has suffered a setback. The good news, however is that the Mexican government realized this threat in the 1990s, and as of now, there exist many programs for general awareness for the native people of Mexico, so that they have a better idea of their country’s revered biodiversity. The Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, as a result, has secured 1,70,000 sq. Kilometers of land as protected regions.
For the traveler’s pleasure, there are 64 national parks, 34 reserved biospheres, 26 segregations of protected Flora and Fauna, 17 natural sanctuaries, 4 protected natural monuments and 4 areas of natural resource conservation. Do visit these places, take a view of the national symbol of Mexico (the absolutely majestic Golden Eagle) and immerse yourself in nature’s lap, away from the dust and noise of crowded cities. Guaranteed, you’ll find true Nirvana.