About our speaker:
Paul Freed is a herpetologist who travels the globe seeking opportunities to photograph reptiles and amphibians. He retired from the Houston Zoo as the Supervisor of Herpetology after a 25
year career and moved to
There are eight National Parks with additional dozens of ‘strict nature reserves’, ‘special reserves’, and private reserves.
80% of the plants are endemic (of 12,000 species, 1000 orchid species alone).
There are 150,000 species of invertebrates – 300 butterflies, 4000 moths (many are endemic as well). [Endemic = found nowhere else])
There are 375 species of Amphibians (all but 2 species are endemic); 425 species of Reptiles– (95% endemic); 270 species of Birds, (40% endemic - including five endemic families & 36 endemic genera); and 120 species of Mammals (90% endemic).