Conservation of the endemic spiny Iguana

Project name:

Iguana Station

Project purpose:

Conservation of the endemic spiny Iguana

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • animal rehabilitation

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

80

Terrestrial

Honduras

Central America

1 Ratings

1

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

Accommodation:

shared dormitory

When does the project run?

Facilities:

accommodation included, cooking facilities, electricity, local shops, nearby medical facilities, shower (hot), shower (cold), toilet (western), wifi, laundry machine

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

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

The iguana station is located on Utila, Honduras. It's a beautiful little conservation project that works predominantly on the spiny iguana which is endemic to Utila. I spent a month at this project, and I visited schools, did beach clean ups and street clean ups, visited mangroves and collected data on iguana abundance, collected food for the iguanas by hand ( aka using a machete to get down a termite nest!). You really get your hands in for this project, and you pretty much do a full rotation of every kind of job.

 

You might be building, cooking, teaching, and of course collecting data for the conservation of the species. The island Utila is of course buzzing, and in your free time you can go to plenty of restaurants and bars, or maybe go diving! It's a really cool little conservation project, and the volunteer fee is incredibly low, although there is a registration fee if you're an international volunteer ($170).

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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