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

1 Ratings

1

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.

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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