Assist in the protection of endangered Jaguars, whilst living and working in Costa Rica’s rainforest. Since the 1950s the population of Jaguars within the Americas has plummeted from over 400,000 to an estimated 14,000 now.
During your stay, you will not only contribute to the preservation of the elusive jaguar, you will also join a team contributing to the development and management of long-term wildlife conservation efforts along Central America’s Caribbean coast.
"It’s every big cat lovers dream to be able to capture a glimpse of the elusive jaguar, and being here gets you so close to realizing that dream. The excitement of setting up jag cams, being able to ID these cats and witness new behaviours is truly addictive. Knowing these amazing cats are thriving here gives hope for future conservation." - K. Packard, Australia
You will be searching for signs of jaguars and their prey species, by setting up remote cameras and surveying a 16-mile stretch of turtle nesting beach. Relaying data to the Costa Rican government and other prominent conservation organisations, our team aids the conservation effort through monitoring and tracking on Costa Rica’s beautiful Caribbean coast in the Tortugero National Park.
Even though jaguar related research activities will be a main part of your activities, during your time you will gain a holistic understanding of the Costa Rican rainforest and its ecosystem by conducting important research on turtles (seasonal) and aquatic birds. You will 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.
What to Expect?
Habitat and food source degradation as a result of human activity are the major threats to jaguar populations. Through the correlation of jaguar prey species, jaguar feeding behaviour and population numbers, this project helps the Costa Rican Ministry of Environment to develop well rounded and consistent conservation policies.
You should also expect to be involved in further research projects according to the requirements on the ground at any time. This could include marine turtle monitoring (March – October) of nesting green, leatherback and hawksbills sea turtles; or bird monitoring and the research of 30 key aquatic species to collect long-term seasonal trend data on resident and migratory birds.
Data goes out to national and international organisations, is presented at international conferences, and is used in species and area management policy development. Jaguar conservation efforts have been successful in recording new and useful data about jaguars and their habitats that is being used worldwide to restore declining jaguar populations.
Minimum commitment is 2 weeks. Costs include:
- Pre-departure support and discounted services
- 24-hour emergency phone - Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
- Arrival orientation
- Long term experienced staff
- Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
- All meals (unless otherwise stated in field manuals)
- Welcome meeting
- Location orientation
- All necessary project training by experienced staff
- All necessary project equipment and materials
- Program ID: # 2484
- duration: 2 Weeks to 1 Month1 to 3 Months
- location: Costa Rica Caribbean Coast JalovaCosta Rica10° 36' 43.2684" N, 83° 36' 21.4452" WCR
- Fitness level: Moderately Fit
- Closest Airport: San Jose (SJO)
- Costs From: $1500 to $3000Over $3000
- Program Type: Environmental & Wildlife Programs