A scientist who studies bugs, but who is well aware of the ongoing negative impact of humans on land and sea, is inspired.
After spending months in Costa Rica, Poncie Rutsch came away with hope that we can save the world before it's too late.
Or is just that Ticos, the friendly name for a Costa Rican, are simply wonderfully enlightened? Hopefully, it's a little of both.
"I can say that the people in Costa Rica have their priorities straight when it comes to conservation biology. They want to share their land with scientists, and they are keen to know what lives in their backyards and how they can protect it. If all developing countries took this much of an interest in their endemic wildlife, there would be boundless potential for conserving biodiversity worldwide," said Poncie Rutsch in the article.