Protect leatherback turtles through direct conservation action.
Who: Biosphere Expeditions
Where: Pacuare Beach, Limon, the Caribbean coast, Costa Rica
Focus: Land-based monitoring of leatherback nesting sites
Duration: 8 days
Suitability: All ages. There are no upper or lower age restrictions. Volunteers who are under 18, can also come by themselves with their parent’s permission.
Requirements: Volunteers should be able to walk about 5-15 km per day in soft, sometimes wet sand, and sometimes at high tide. Those with lower fitness levels can be assigned shorter patrol walks or monitor nests in the hatchery close to the research station or concentrate on helping with community-based activities.
Cost: Expedition starts from GBP 1547.
Find out more: Biosphere Expeditions
As a volunteer, you will:
- Support the critically endangered leatherback sea turtle – the world’s largest living turtle – by getting involved in direct conservation actions.
- Conduct day and night beach patrols along a remote, black sand beach.
- Guard and collect eggs, count and measure hatchlings and adult turtles, and assist with other direct conservation and research activities.
- Support the creation of strategies to ensure the turtles’ future survival, including reducing poaching through patrols and relocating nests to a hatchery,
- The chance to see other wildlife, including: green and hawksbill turtles, caimans, white-faced, spider and howler monkeys, two- and three-toed sloths, as well as a rich variety of birds.
Accommodation: Remote and rustic research station with a kitchen, hatchery and various other utility buildings. The site is only accessible by boat, through the canals of Tortuguero. It is a very remote and isolated area but consequently rich in wildlife and nature.
Sleeping: Cabins with shared bathrooms and shower blocks.
Food: 3 meals a day.
Base Size: Up to 12 team members + 1 local scientist + 1 expedition leader.
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