Turtle conservation

Project name:

Biosphere Expeditions (3)

Project purpose:

Turtle conservation

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • data collection/analysis

  • teaching​

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

1800

Marine

Costa Rica

Central America

1 Ratings

1

Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Cabin

When does the project run?

Facilities:

food included, accommodation included, shower, cooking facilities

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

None. You do not need to be a scientist or have any special qualifications - everyone can take part and there are no age limits whatsoever.

Ability to walk about 5-15 km per day in soft, sometimes wet sand, and sometimes at high tide. Those of lower fitness level can be assigned shorter patrol walks or monitor nests in the hatchery close to the research station or concentrate on helping with community-based activities

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

Working on a remote black sands beach, you will be involved in direct conservation actions to support the critically endangered leatherback sea turtle, the world's largest living turtle. Venturing out from a research station by the beach, you will conduct beach patrols, guard and collect eggs, count and measure hatchlings and adult turtles, and assist with other direct conservation and research activities. 

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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