Wildlife Rescue Center at Mayan Biosphere Reserve in Guatemala

The Wild Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is situated on 45 hectares of forested land on Lake Peten Itza across from the town of Flores in the northern Peten region of Guatemala, 45 kms from the world famous Mayan archeological site of Tikal.

Volunteers help in feeding and caring for the animals at the center which include parrots, macaws, spider and howler monkeys, margays, ocelots, coatimundis, taras and kinkajous. Nearly all of these animals have been seized from smugglers and are very young, needing constant care and attention. There are also opportunities to take part in veterinary medical treatment, animal releases and wildlife surveys, though the scheduling of these activities is irregular and we can't guarantee you will be able to participate.

At the Rescue Center, volunteers live in a spacious two story wooden building situated in a beautiful tropical forest with comfortable wooden bunk beds, "western" shower and toilet facilities and US-style 110 electricity. Volunteers eat and socialize at a separate spacious kitchen/dining room rancho and there is a very nice floating dock for late afternoon swims. There is internet service at the Rescue Center and in Flores at internet cafes.

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What to Expect?

Includes: Airport pick-up and drop-off, two-day trip to Mayan ruins of Tikal, food, lodging, water, sheets and lockers. Bring your own towel. Although the Rescue Center is nestled in the middle of a forest, it is a tropical climate so expect some insects and exotic wildlife, and during the rainy season, lots of mud. 

  • Program ID: # 1869
  • duration:
    1 to 2 Weeks
    2 Weeks to 1 Month
  • location:
    Flores, Peten, Guatemala Flores
    16° 54' 31.3128" N, 89° 52' 53.5944" W
  • Fitness level:
    Moderately Fit
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Flores (FRS)
  • Costs From:
    Less than $500
    $500 to $1000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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