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“Cost Rica Big Cats, Primates and Turtle Conservation”

Written on: 26/09/2011 by rollosparkes (1 review written)

Having studied ecology at university Frontier's Costa Rica Big Cats, Primates and Turtle conservation was an excellent chance for me to get some 'In field' experience in the world of conservation.

I was met at an arrange hostel by the project co-ordinator and after a much need nights sleep, took the 9hr bus journey across the country to the idyllic coast line that belongs to OSA Peninsular. From the local town it was then a short 1hr truck ride deep into the forests.
The main camp is amazing, 2 minutes walk from the beach and with a shower and flushing toilet it is easy to make this place a home from home. No two days are the same, the project gives you a chance to experience a variety of different surveying techniques on a variety of flora and Fauna. From primate walks to crawling on your hands and knees in search of amphibians the research that is undertaken is a fantastic opportunity for those who have an interest in conservation and nature.

I would have to say that my favourite part of the project would be the turtle conservation, there was no better feeling then spotting a pacific green or olive ridley sea turtle crawling its way out of the sea and laying its 90-100 eggs and making its, quicker then would you think, escape back into the pacific.

The project caters from university students to gap year seekers or people just wanting to escape the day to day working life. I can honestly say that this was a once in life time opportunity. The diversity of the wildlife, location and Frontier’s hard work made this project INCREDIBLE!