Primate Field Research

Project name:

Field Projects International

Project purpose:

Our field programs train research assistants to work on projects related to wildlife health and biodiversity monitoring, as well as primate space use, feeding ecology, and social behavior. Participants will learn classic data collection techniques as well as cutting edge field methodologies. They may also gain experience with PCR testing, nanopore-based sequencing, hormone extractions, and other laboratory protocols at an on site field lab.

In addition, FPI offers a conservation technology program that develops and deploys novel solutions customized to the species and habitats in which we work. These range from GPS collars and remote sensing devices to the long range, wide area networks installed to transmit this data.

Our research is sanctioned by the Amazon Conservation Association, the Animal Care Committee of the Washington University in St. Louis, and the Servicio Nacional Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre (SERFOR) in Perú

Project activities:

  • data collection/analysis

Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills
  • field research skills
  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Wild Sun Rescue Center



When does the project run?



accommodation included, food included, electricity, refillable drinking water, cold shower, western toilet, wifi

How long can I stay?

4-6 week minimum


  • No previous field experience required. 
  • Candidates will submit application, CV, two references, and have a phone or Skype interview. 
  • More details on website.

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

Our research assistantship programs operate from the Los Amigos Biological Station in the Madre de Dios department of Southeastern Peru. Our long-term research primarily focuses on primates, covering topics such as growth and development, life history, health and parasitology, reproduction, spatial ecology, and communication. In recent years our mark-recapture program has expanded to include birds, bats, and small terrestrial mammals as well, as we investigate community disease ecology.

Reviews & ratings



5 Oct 2021

Great experience

Great experience. I have learned a lot about wild animals and the bush. The kids are super. Thanks to Michele and Ian but also I would like to thanks all the volunteers and local people.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



21 Mar 2020

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

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