- Learn about the elusive jaguar and contribute to the development and management of long-term wildlife conservation efforts along Central America’s Caribbean coast.
- Visit remote Caribbean beaches and tropical rainforests.
- Seeing endemic and protected species.
- Join the research team to undertake research inside a protected area; exploring this wonderful Central American country.
- Gain an holistic understanding of the Costa Rican rainforest and its ecosystem by conducting important research on turtles (seasonal) and aquatic birds.
- Receive additional training across a wide variety of subjects and gain a plethora of skills that will help you further your ability to operate professionally in the field.
- Through unique and hands-on training you will have the opportunity to understand the rainforest and the variety of wildlife that depend on it’s future.
A typical Jaguar Conservation Experience:
- 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).
- Learn how to use camera traps to identify individual jaguars present in the Jalova area and their feeding behaviors in relation to marine turtles.
- Collect Jaguar scats (faeces) for feeding and genetic studies.
- Explorers 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, or amphibian monitoring, or general biodiversity/incidental sighting surveys, but will have priority in the Jaguar surveys.
- Explorers get training on all species and surveys, so they go out on Forest biodiversity, birds, incidentals and turtle surveys. You will go out on 1 or 2 surveys a day, except when you stay on base to do chores.
- Explorers will need strong fitness levels. Walking on soft sand is very physically demanding and volunteers may be required to walk as much as 20 miles in a single day and will be carrying out surveys 6 days a week.