You are given the chance to track one of the country’s most elusive inhabitants – the jaguar
Fallen in love with the jungle that you are visiting? Well, you can do something to protect it if you take part in one of these eco adventures
Help Save Scarlet Macaws In Costa Rica
Tucked away in the Costa Rican jungle you’ll find The Ara Project, which aims to reintroduce Scarlet and Green Macaws back into the jungle. Volunteers can help at feeding time, monitor the health of the birds, collect their natural food and monitor them at their nesting sites in the wild.
Fly A Research Drone Over The Amazon Jungle
Join the scientists of the Tambopata National Reserve and help fly a research drone over the Peruvian Amazon jungle. Here they blend traditional field biology with 21st-century technology to help gather data on the forest. You will join a member of the Aerobotany team at the top of the canopy tower that lies 35 metres above the jungle. From here you will work with the researcher to programme the drone for its daily route and release it. You will then be shown how to analyse the data, which will be used to protect the rainforest.
Track Jaguars In Brazil
If you are staying at Caiman Ecological Refuge in Brazil, you are given the chance to track one of the country’s most elusive inhabitants – the jaguar. You can join the biologists when they check their camera traps and join them in one of their 4WD trucks when they use radio receivers to help track the jaguars when they are out hunting in the Pantanal region.
Record Monkeys In Peru
Head to the Inkaterra Guides Field Station in the Peruvian Amazon to experience the Amazon rainforest in a whole new way. You will be shown how to identify animal tracks, spot specific rainforest trees and learn more about the plants that grow in the jungle. You’ll be encouraged to spot and log monkeys and birds and if you’re lucky tapirs, armadillos, wild boar and even an ocelot if you’re lucky.
Plant Rainforest Trees In Costa Rica
Head to the Lapa Rios Private Nature Reserve in South Costa Rica, which is home to squirrel monkeys, silky anteaters, toucans and macaws. Here the team are not only working hard to protect the animals, but they are fighting to save the trees that form their home. The Sangrillo Colorado Tree is just one of the 37 rainforest tree facing extinction, and 80 per cent of them can be found in the reserve. You are invited to join the team and help rebuild the home of the monkeys by planting saplings in the forest.