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Costa Rica: Jaguar Research and Conservation

Take part in the adventure of a lifetime working with a team to help defend the Near Threatened Jaguar of the Costa Rican rainforest and help to advance and manage long-term wildlife conservation projects along the Caribbean coast.  Since the 50s, the population of the Jaguar has drastically dropped from over 400,000 to just about 14,000, placing it on the IUCN red list. Volunteers will look for signs of the endangered jaguar and its prey by setting up cameras, as well as other conservation tasks in the area such as surveying a turtle nesting beach spanning 16 miles! Data is communicated to the Costa Rican government and other established conservation and protection organizations.

The project is located in Tortuguero National Park on the eastern side of Costa Rica. Camp is only reachable by boat or foot and can be found within a coconut plantation just 50 meters from the beach.

Although research related to jaguars will be the prime focus of participants activities, throughout the duration of the program volunteers will also gain a more comprehensive and universal understanding of the ecosystems of the rainforest. Research conducted could include but is not limited to the study of turtles (seasonal), aquatic birds, and other varying biological evaluation surveys.  This exceptional experience will provide you firsthand with the understanding and training that is necessary to prolong the biodiversity of the Costa Rican rainforest region.

A typical workday starts bright and early with morning surveys at 5:00am and afternoon surveys at 2:00pm. Volunteers can expect to survey twice each day and will take turns preparing mainly vegetarian meals for the group. Participants will gain an understanding in the technicalities of conservation efforts through fieldwork, research, and various biological surveys.

Project Highlights

  • Help contribute to the much needed protection and conservation of the endangered jaguar in the breathtaking Costa Rican rainforest of Tortuguero National Park
  • Experience the diverse surroundings of the area. Visit the Totuguero Village, fish, hike, snorkel, raft the class III and IV rapids on the white waters of the Pacuare River or give canopy and zip-line tours a try and come explore everything else the Caribbean region has to offer!
  • Meet locals and like-minded volunteers from around the world on this adventure of a lifetime!

Project Duration
2 - 12 weeks

Participant Requirements

  • Age 18 70
  • Basic English
  • Excellent physical fitness (volunteers must be prepared to carry belongings to and from base and able to walk up to 15 miles in the sand)
  • Open-mindedness and enthusiasm to be a part of a team working for animals

Project Fees Include

  • Pre-departure kit
  • Airport transfers and transport from local hostel
  • Room and board (shared mixed-sex dorms)
  • Orientation and required training upon arrival
  • Local staff and 24 hour emergency support

For more information and to apply visit our Costa Rica: Jaguar Research and Conservation page.

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