COSTA RICA - Jaguar Conservation

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.

Duration: 14 Days (13 Nights) – Longer options available

Location: Jalova, Costa Rica

$1,575.00

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Description

Experience Highlights:

  • 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.

Included

Experience Fee Includes:

  • 24-hour emergency phone in-country support.
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts.
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated).
  • All necessary project equipment and materials.
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff.
  • Location orientation.
  • Long term experienced staff.
  • Meals while on project.
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared).
  • Welcome meeting.

 

Experience Fee Excludes:

  • Additional drinks and gratuities.
  • Extra local excursions.
  • Flights.
  • International and domestic airport taxes.
  • Medical and travel insurance.
  • Personal kit.
  • Police or background check (where necessary).
  • Visa costs.

Dates

  • 04 May – 17 May 2019
  • 18 May – 31 May 2019
  • 01 June – 14 June 2019
  • 15 June – 28 June 2019
  • 29 June – 12 July 2019
  • 13 July – 26 July 2019
  • 27 July – 09 August 2019
  • 10 August – 23 August 2019
  • 24 August – 06 September 2019
  • 07 September – 20 September 2019
  • 21 September – 04 October 2019
  • 05 October – 18 October 2019
  • 19 October – 01 November 2019
  • 02 November – 15 November 2019
  • 16 November – 29 November 2019
  • 08 February – 21 February 2020
  • 22 February – 06 March 2020
  • 07 March – 20 March 2020
  • 21 March – 03 April 2020
  • 04 April – 17 April 2020
  • 18 April – 01 May 2020
  • 02 May – 15 May 2020
  • 16 May – 29 May 2020
  • 30 May – 12 June 2020
  • 13 June – 26 June 2020
  • 27 June – 10 July 2020
  • 11 July – 24 July 2020
  • 25 July – 07 August 2020
  • 08 August – 21 August 2020
  • 22 August – 04 September 2020
  • 05 September – 18 September 2020
  • 19 September – 02 October 2020
  • 03 October – 16 October 2020
  • 17 October – 30 October 2020
  • 31 October – 13 November 2020
  • 14 November – 27 November 2020
  • 28 November – 11 December 2020

Documents Required

  • Personal Details – Name, Surname, Date of Birth, Nationality.
  • Medical Form – to be signed by doctor if volunteer has illnesses to declare.
  • Clear criminal background check.

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