Dolphins, whales, monk seals and turtle conservation

Project name:

Archipelagos (2)

Project purpose:

Dolphins, whales, monk seals and turtle conservation

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • animal rehabilitation

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

185

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Shared accommodation in the research centre/research vessel

When does the project run?

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, wifi, refillable drinking water, electricity, toilet (western)

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Minimum duration of 3 months is highly recommended for all volunteers/interns, but placements can be up to a year long.

The main goals of our research are:

  • Monitoring the habitat use, abundance and distribution of cetaceans, Mediterrenean monk seals and sea turtles.

  • Studying the population structure and its dynamics.

  • Studying the behavior through visual and acoustic data.

  • Investigating the impact of major threats, such as fishing and tourism, on the cetacean behavior.

  • Our current work includes the following activities:

  • Conducting boat-based surveys to collect data on cetacean abundance, distribution and behavior.

  • Conducting land-based surveys to collect data on cetacean behavior and distribution without interacting with them.

  • Collecting data about different types of marine vessels, their distance from the focal group, fishing activities and marine debris during the boat and land surveys.

  • Assessing the populations of resident, transient and seasonal cetaceans through photo-ID.

  • Developing an online photo-ID network.

  • Using a hydrophone to collect acoustic data.

  • Creating GIS maps to pinpoint critical habitats and understand the factors threatening them.

  • Delivering first aid to the animals, rescuing them, performing necropsies and collecting data related to stranded individuals (e.g. cetaceans, seals and sea turtles).

Reviews & ratings

Adriano

Volunteer

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday

Corinne

Intern

It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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