Costa Rica Wildlife Sanctuary


Published:

12/08/2017

Time Commitment

Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)

Duration

Short-Term (few weeks/months)

Address

San José
N/A
Costa Rica

Description

Set between tropical Caribbean and Pacific coasts, Costa Rica is one of the most breath-taking countries in the world. Even though it covers just 0.03% of the world’s landmass, it is home to an incredible 500,000 species including jaguars, pumas, monkeys and numerous species of birds. This is the highest density of species of any country in the world.

The survival of the majestic jaguar is being threatened due to hunting and habitat loss as a result of deforestation and human encroachment. Once prowling over the vast jungles of Costa Rica, the jaguar is now extremely rare except for in protected reserves. Their conspicuous tracks, market value and reputation for killing livestock has sadly made them a target for poachers and their large territories make them highly vulnerable to habitat destruction.

The Frontier-Costa Wildlife Sanctuary project was established to support a dedicated local non-profit organisation working to rescue and rehabilitate wild animals, and secure their future release to the wild into protected areas.

As a volunteer you will help support the work of the local staff at the sanctuary taking care of our weird and wonderful residents including sloths, armadillos, anteaters, wild cats, opossums, various primates and toucan to name just a few! If you have a passion for travel and wildlife conservation this project is perfect for you!  

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WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The Frontier-Costa Wildlife Sanctuary project was established to support a dedicated local non-profit organisation working to rescue and rehabilitate wild animals, and secure their future release to the wild into protected areas.

As a volunteer you will help support the work of the local staff at the sanctuary taking care of a range of indigenous animals including sloths, armadillos, anteaters, wild cats, opossums, various primates, caiman, snake, birds of prey and toucan amongst others.

The centre has been responsible for the rehabilitation and release of hundreds of endangered animals since its establishment in 2008. Most of the animals that are sheltered in the centre have gone through traumatic experiences, often infants that have lost their mothers. 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Upon arrival at the sanctuary you will receive an orientation and safety briefing, before being introduced to your wider responsibilities. As a volunteer, you could be involved with a wide range of activities supporting the work of the dedicated staff. The kinds of activities you may be involved with includes food preparation, feeding the animals, cleaning and repairing enclosures, training and observing the animals within the rescue centre. Depending upon the time of your volunteer placement, you may have the chance to work with different species of rescued animals so volunteers are asked to come with a flexible attitude and a desire to help out where they are needed most. 


Fee Required

Benefits

Housing Available

We welcome

Groups

International Volunteers

How To Apply


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