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):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes work

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Shared house

When does the project run?


More information needed!

How long can I stay?


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



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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