Volunteering in Costa Rica - Big cats, Primates and Turtles
If like myself you have a passion for wildlife and conservation, then you most likely spent much of your life watching documentaries. Enviously looking on as a few scientists fortunate enough travel to exotic locations and experience an abundance of wildlife, most could only dream of seeing.
I have always dreamt of joining one of these research projects in the hope it would provide invaluable experience and aid my efforts to pursue a career in conservation, all whilst allowing me to explore these incredible places. My girlfriend and I share this passion for conservation and fortunately for me (and my safety) she will be joining me on this adventure.
Those of you who know me will know I've never dealt particularly well without home comforts. Those of you who don't know me, I will explain, you wouldn't be too wrong to say camping is something I'd describe as my worst nightmare. The project itself is based in the heart of a dense, tropical jungle, with no electricity or running water. I am so grateful and I am sure I will enjoy every moment of such an unbelievable experience but that's not without saying, for me, it will also be a challenge.
However, despite my reservations, I really want to be able to make a difference, even if it's small. Participation in this project means a lot to me, not only helping some of the worlds most endangered species, whose lives are deeply affected by our actions, but also to preserve the environment and the beautiful animals on this planet.
Corcovado National Park is a mere pin prick on the world map but astonishingly an incredible 4% of the world’s species live here, making it one of the most biologically intense places on the planet. Sadly, the national park is increasingly under threat from a number of stresses including; habitat fragmentation and deconstruction, pollution, poaching and climate change.
We will be travelling to Costa Rica for a minimum of two weeks where we will carry out essential conservation research on big cats, primates and turtles in an attempt to combat the effects of these challenges and to preserve this environment. The project also involves awareness-raising to educate locals and as a team try to combat these devastating effects. It will also include helping with recreation activities in the developing local community.
We are so thankful to have this amazing opportunity to experience a world of fragile beauty, but to more importantly contribute to the conservation of Costa Rica's precious and unique habitats for the future.
Although we have been saving for this opportunity, we will have expenses in addition to the cost of the program, such as travel and food. The total cost of the program, volunteering, vaccinations, insurance, and airfare will be a little over £2000.
With everything in mind, Meena in particular, we would appreciated if you could spare a thought or even a few pound, if nothing else just to see her suffer in the middle of a tropical jungle.
Any and all help that we receive to offset the costs will be greatly appreciated and put to good use! Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our upcoming adventure.
Dan + Meena x