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Turtle conservation

Project name:

The Leatherback Trust

Project purpose:

Turtle conservation

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • data collection/analysis

  • habitat restoration/management

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

112

Marine

Costa Rica

Central America

1 Ratings

1

Direct benefits you gain:

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

shared rooms in communal house (bunkbeds)

When does the project run?

Facilities:

food included, accommodation included, cold water showers, no phone signal, cooking facilities, communal areas, refillable drinking water, may be difficult to accommodate vegans, bring your own bed linen!

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

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

$56 a week for Costa Rican nationals.

The research project at Cabuyal has been running since January 2011. Every year, we collect data on the population biology and nesting ecology of the sea turtles. When we started the research project, our main aim was to assess the importance of the Gulf of Papagayo as nesting grounds for sea turtles and to analyze the feasibility and need for establishing a long-term research and conservation project in the area.

The core of the nesting season extends from September to March with some level of nesting occurring throughout the year. Main data collection include marking and identifying nesting turtles, measuring turtles, counting eggs, marking the nest, taking temperatures, conducting nest excavations during the hatching season and releasing hatchlings at night.

Morning Patrol

We patrol the beach at 5am each morning to count tracks and verify nesting activities during the previous night. Occasionally, we see a “morning turtle” laying her eggs at sunrise. This is the best time for photography!

Night Patrol

We patrol the beach for 4-8 hours each night, depending upon the number of turtles. The number of turtles per night cannot be predicted, but during the peak season there may be between 5-20 turtles per night. On some nights, there will not be any turtles. Each night patrol is composed of 2-3 persons (one biologist and 1-2 Sea Turtle Biology Training Camp participants). Depending upon the time of year, we will do 1-2 patrol shifts per night.

All participants will have one free day per week with no scheduled activities. Additionally, there is free time during the day for resting and relaxing between activities.

All Sea Turtle Biology Training Camp participants must be 18 years of age or older on the day of arrival.

Sea Turtle Biology Training Camp participants must commit to a minimum of 15 days at Cabuyal Camp (1-2 month commitments are given priority).

Sea Turtle Species

Four sea turtle species nest at Cabuyal. The most abundant species is the East Pacific green turtle, commonly known as black turtle (Chelonia mydas). The beach is also frequented by solitary olive ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) and leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea). On very rare occasions, hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) also nest here.

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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