Animal and poacher tracking
Animal and poacher tracking, rainforest conservation, wildlife conservation,
- community awareness
- habitat restoration/management
Weekly cost (approx USD):
Direct benefits you gain:
field research skills
remote scenic location
Noteworthy conservation points:
- contributes to environmental policy
- development goals (supporting local community)
Wild Sun Rescue Center
same gender dorm house
When does the project run?
food included, accommodation included, some phone signal, near-by wifi, local town, local shops, drop toilet, transport within the project
How long can I stay?
minimum 1 week of volunteering
Details of the day-to-day life on the project:
Undertake jungle walks whilst looking out for signs of poachers. If any snares are found, the GPS locations will be recorded and then they will be destroyed. Even old discarded snares continue to catch animals so it is vital that they are removed to prevent any further harm. If you’re keen to develop the skills needed for rainforest conservation, you will also be taught how to use GPS for location recording! Here, you will learn how to log the coordinates of any pug marks, snares, land clearings or road kill found.
Walks are generally 3-5 hours long depending on the group and the route chosen, and are at a slow pace to enable the guides to search for tracks and animal signs.
In 2018 we’ll have even more activities, from using SMART for anti-poaching patrols, to earning a tree-climbing certificate. Not to mention learning GIS skills (geographic information system).
Volunteers staying for 1 week or more will learn bushcraft skills from the Bateq tribe and may get the chance to go camping with the tribe and learn how they live in the jungle! If you come for a minimum of 2 weeks, you will have the opportunity to help teach the Bateq children basic English, maths and science through educational activities. These sessions are great fun but serve an important function, as the area has been earmarked for an increase in tourism and without being able to speak English, these tribal people will not be able to benefit from the new industry. You will get to have a taste of authentic Malay cooking and also local hospitality.
Reviews & ratings
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
Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage
21 Mar 2020
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.
Wild Sun Rescue Center
17 Mar 2020
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