ELI volunteers help with feeding and cleaning enclosures, breeding programs, planting, monitoring behavior and assisting the full-time biologist, visiting researchers and permanent staff as needed. Volunteers live on-site in the brand new guest house com
- Curitiba, Brazil
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- High School
- Year Round
- Program Description:
- Between Curitiba and Florianopolis lies a sprawling 183 acre property devoted to Brazilian wildlife, flora and fauna. This organization has painstakingly replaced introduced plants with indigenous species over the last 15 years, and now the sanctuary is home to parrots of all colors, tortoises, tapirs, ocelots, pumas, jaguars, spider monkeys, etc. Many of these valuable animals were rescued from the illegal pet trade or were the victims of abuse. For that reason, the park is closed to the general public and the entrance is not marked.
Volunteers need to be relatively physically fit, interested in conservation and breeding efforts, and mindful around the enclosures (especially around the big cats). No previous experience or education is required, but a background in biology or some Portuguese is helpful. This is an ideal placement for volunteers who are looking to spend some time in nature and who are not afraid of getting dirty.
ELI volunteers help with feeding and cleaning enclosures, breeding programs, planting, monitoring behavior and assisting the full-time biologist, visiting researchers and permanent staff as needed. Volunteers live on-site in the brand new guest house complete with all western amenities. A baby jaguar was born a couple months ago and has been raised by hand, she is incredibly friendly!
- Setting Description:
- Brazil has it all. Just a half-day’s journey from modern Rio de Janeiro places you in the heart of Brazil’s Atlantic rainforest. With over 55,000 plant species, 524 different species of mammals, and over 1600 species of birds, the rainforest is considered to have the greatest biodiversity in the world! This rapidly disappearing ecosystem is on the list of biodiversity hotspots and is estimated to be about one-tenth of the size that it was before settlers moved into the region. Many efforts are being made to save the indigenous wildlife and environment.
- Cost in US$ Starting at 2 weeks for $1,340 Cost Includes Emergency evacuation services Food Housing In-country orientation/Training In-country staff support Registration fees Written materials abroad Written materials pre-departure