Jaguar & Puma Research Project (2013)
Project life: After arriving at the station and familiarising yourself with your new surroundings, you will initially learn about the key ecosystems of the reserve, and learn the identification techniques for the species you will observe, through practical work, talks and theoretical concepts. To cheat the heat, you will wake up early for your first cup of coffee and breakfast, then head out to the project site for the day. Activities will include: - trekking to camera traps to check and fix if necessary - downloading the captured images - checking for signs of jaguar, puma or ocelot activity and presence - bird monitoring transects - biodiversity assessment in the forest or helping with station maintenance. During the middle of the day, volunteers will normally have some downtime to relax, rest, read or learn extra material. Some monitoring and activities, such as setting camera traps or bird transects, might have to get done before sunset. Once on base, it's time to enjoy the sunset from the 30-foot-high observation tower, before having dinner. The evenings are spent at the main station building, talking about the day's events and planning the next day's adventures. Volunteers are expected to work 6 days a week, with a day off on Sundays. Due to logistical reasons, if volunteers are here for only 2 weeks, they will not be able to leave the reserve at the weekend, but will still get the opportunity to enjoy the day - a swim in a nearby cenote is a great experience! If volunteers are staying for a longer period, they can head back to Cancun on their day off - from here, they can either enjoy a bit of civilisation or take a day-trip to nearby Mayan ruins (Tulum) or the beautiful Isla Mujeres, with clear turquoise water and white sandy beaches. Some volunteers may be finishing that weekend while others will return to the reserve.
Swap crazy Cancun for the eco-rich reserve of El Eden, a privately owned protection area for Mexico`s dwinding forest and wetland plus the country`s most beautiful big cats. Once there, your volunteer duties will see you help monitor jaguars and pumas, check camera traps, map habitat and maintain the La Savanna field station - your humble home throughout the project. Opportunities like this don`t often arise!
Expect humble huts but incredible camaraderie at the field station where you`ll stay. Huts are shared and mixed sex and there are simple bathroom facilities at La Savannah - though bottled water is available only for cooking and drinking. Back to nature indeed!
Seasonal product in 2013 3 June 17 June 1 July 15 July 29 July 12 August 26 August
11, 18 or 25 nights options available
- All food and accommodation - Transfers to and from the meeting point and reserve - All training materials - Science equipment - 24-hour in-country support.
- International flights - Visa costs - Medical and travel insurance - Spending money - Personal kit.