Manta conservation

Project name:

Mexican Caribbean Manta Ray Project

Project purpose:

Manta conservation

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • scuba diving

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

325

Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes work

Wild Sun Rescue Center

Accommodation:

Shared house

When does the project run?

Facilities:

More information needed!

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

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

Located in the northern Yucatan Peninsula, the transition zone of the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea is thriving with life. The Manta Caribbean Project aims to identify and conduct research on the poorly understood populations of manta rays (manta birostris and manta alfredi) including a third unidentified subspecies of manta (manta birostris sp.) that is only found in the Mexican Caribbean.

 

Key responsibilities:

  • Follow your instructor indications at any time and procedures related with the task assigned to your person.

  • Maintain and update the project’s database.

  • Perform data analysis and assist with preparing scientific publications, grants applications etc.

  • Create outreach materials for schools, and communities about marine megafauna and wider marine conservation

  • Maintain equipment and contribute to keeping accommodation facilities clean and in order.

  • Conduct fisheries surveys.

  • Conduct interviews with local community stakeholders connected with mantas and mobulas.

Whether you're a marine biologist, videographer, GIS mapping expert, graphic designer or have other skills that you think could be of interest to the project, you can volunteer.

 

While volunteering you will have the chance to work on local conservation projects working with schools, local stakeholders and the general community. You will also learn about manta research, managing the database, photo identification, get some hands-on experience in the field with taking manta ID pictures and taking samples.

Reviews & ratings

Francisco

Volunteer

19 Dec 2021

An amazing project with amazing staff

I work as a travel agent, bringing volunteers to DAKTARI and other projects around the world. After helping a lot of volunteers fulfill their dreams of coming to South Africa, I managed to arrange 2 weeks to spend at the project. What a wonderful time I had starting with the staff who are so friendly and polite, the animals being taken care of as if they were family and the amazing food that was prepared catering to each of the volunteers individual needs. I can only say that if you are looking for an unique and quality experience involving a well thought out educational program and the preservation of native animal species, this is the one for you.

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Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

leslie

Volunteer

19 Dec 2021

great experience

i had an enjoyable stay here in DAKTARI. be surrounded by wild animals is a chance and i also loved the teaching part of my stay

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Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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