Primate Field Research

Project name:

Field Projects International

Project purpose:

Our field programs train research assistants to collect data on space use, feeding ecology, and social behavior of two species of tamarin, as well as collect fecal and other samples to study their reproductive biology and disease ecology. For more than a decade we have also run a large mark-recapture program sanctioned by the Amazon Conservation Association, the Animal Care Committee of the University of Missouri, 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


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



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



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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