Dette projekt tilbydes i samarbejde med organisationen GVI og nedenfor kan du læse deres beskrivelse af projektet:
Discover the rainforests of Costa Rica and assist in the protection of the elusive and endangered Jaguar. Conduct surveys and set up remote cameras, gathering data for use in a long-term wildlife conservation effort along Central America’s Caribbean coast. Develop new skills and an in-depth understanding of the rainforest and its ecosystem on this unique tropical adventure.
Work in a relatively unique habitat where Jaguars prey on Turtles. There is also an incredibly high density of jaguars in a small area, with over 40 jaguars documented in the past 7 years in a 15 mile stretch of land, which is higher than almost anywhere else in the world in the wild.
- Depending on the time of year or phase, volunteers will also receive training in some of the other projects; this may include biodiversity assessment surveys; amphibian surveying or parts of the turtle project.
- You will be expected to participate in other surveys as well.
- For jag 4/6/8/10 weekers training schedule is likely to be more flexible and will be dependent on other factors (e.g. if there are any turtle 2 weekers). It will most likely follow the pattern of the Wildlife expedition volunteers.
- Jaguar feeding behavior and population studies; surveys will include a weekly 15 mile walk on the beach to monitor the levels of marine turtle predation. There is more activity during Turtle nesting season (March-October), but the program runs all year
- They use camera traps to identify individual jaguars present in the Jalova area and their feeding behaviors in relation to marine turtles – we have also helped publish a research paper on the Jaguars.
- We are also collecting Jaguar scats (faeces) for feeding and genetic studies.
- Volunteers will also take part in some of the other surveys carried out on base; this is dependent on the time of the year; but may include marine turtle, canal/shore bird, spider monkey or amphibian monitoring, or general biodiversity/incidental sighting surveys, but will have priority in the Jaguar surveys.