Rescue, rehabilitate, and release local wildlife back to its natural habitat

Project name:

Wild Sun Rescue Center

Project purpose:

Wild Sun Rescue Center is a non-profit organization located in Cabuya, Costa Rica. We are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of our local wildlife, and are continuously striving to find solutions to the threats they face.

Every day we treat sick, injured and orphaned animals that are affected by various threats including electrocution, dog and cat attacks, and illegal pet trade. Our primary goal is to release each animal back to the wild.

In addition to animal care, we are actively promoting conservation and offer internships and veterinary externships to increase community engagement and global awareness of conservation in Costa Rica.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction
  • animal rehabilitation
  • community awareness

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

25

Terrestrial

Costa Rica

Central America

Direct benefits you gain:

  • animal husbandry
  • remote scenic location

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • ethical rehabilitation centre/practices
  • reintroduction of species

Accommodation:

Dormitory (upgrade to a shared deluxe room at extra cost)

When does the project run?

All year

Facilities:

accommodation included, cooking facilities (optional meal plan), electricity, local shops, nearby medical facilities, refillable drinking water, hot shower, western toilet, wifi.

All volunteers are guests of the Wild Sun Jungle Resort and have access to the yoga deck and infinity pool. Volunteers are housed in shared dorm style rooms unless you would like to upgrade to a shared deluxe room at extra cost.

How long can I stay?

12 weeks

Requirements:

  • 18 years old
  • willing and able to work in all weather conditions
  • comfortable being on your feet for 6-8 hours per day

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

We work with the local wildlife with main focus on howler monkeys. We have an onsite vet-clinic for immediate care. We treat wildlife at all stages of life. Volunteers are required 6-8 hours of work 6 days per week. Volunteers are involved with animal husbandry such as diet preparation, syringe and bottle feeding, enclosure maintenance, administering medicine, and more as needs dictate. We also run a scarlet macaw reintroduction program - if interested in volunteering with the macaws and this specific initiative, make sure to include this in your application.

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Reviews & ratings

Matt Megill

The previous review I accidentally submitted before I was done. And I want to write the FULL REVIEW:

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His fiery passion for the ocean is contagious. He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

This will not be the last Innoexpedition I go on. And I will keep supporting Innoceana and promoting all the work it is doing.

Volunteer

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Matt Megill

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His firey He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally kind of advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

Volunteer

An Experience of a Lifetime