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Discover the rainforests of Costa Rica and assist in the protection of the elusive and endangered Jaguar. Conduct surveys and set up remote cameras, gathering data for use in a long-term wildlife conservation effort along Central America’s Caribbean coast. Develop new skills and an in-depth understanding of the rainforest and its ecosystem on this unique tropical adventure.

 

The program focuses on:

  • Jaguar feeding behavior and population studies; surveys will include a weekly 15 mile walk on the beach to monitor the levels of marine turtle predation. There is more activity during Turtle nesting season (March-October), but the program runs all year
  • They use camera traps to identify individual jaguars present in the Jalova area and their feeding behaviors in relation to marine turtles – we have also helped publish a research paper on the Jaguars which you can find at the following link- http://www.scribd.com/doc/241514236/Arroyo-Arce-Et-Al-2014-Habitat-Features-Influencing-Jaguar-Occupancy-TNP
  • We are also collecting Jaguar scats (faeces) for feeding and genetic studies.
  • Volunteers will also take part in some of the other surveys carried out on base; this is dependent on the time of the year; but may include marine turtle, canal/shore bird, spider monkey or amphibian monitoring, or general biodiversity/incidental sighting surveys, but will have priority in the Jaguar surveys

Program Details

  • Program Type
    • Volunteering
  • Location
    • Jalova
  • Program for an individual or for a group
    Individual
  • Program highlights
    • Seeing unique wildlife in marine and coastal rainforest environments including remote Caribbean beaches and tropical rainforest
    • Seeing endemic and protected species
    • Joining the research team to undertake research inside a protected area
    • Enjoying life at the research station

What's included in your experience

  • Housing
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Meals
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Access to Alumni Network
  • Worldwide Presence
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Medical Insurance

What you are responsible for

  • Airfare
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Visa and Passport Fees
  • Stipend
  • Medical Insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Field Trips
  • Cultural Tours