The project focuses on wildlife conservation volunteering in Brazil. You will get involved with wildlife and community outreach activities in the Bodoquena highlands region. Landscapes boast agricultural lands, Cerrado and small northern extensions of the Atlantic Forest bordering the Southern edge of the Pantanal floodplain. The project is located at the foot of the famous Pantanal region of Brazil, one of the most diverse and largest tropical wetland. It features a complex variety of habitats making it the perfect setting for anyone interested in wildlife conservation volunteering in Brazil. Defining ecological corridors and influencing local authorities by preventing the deforestation of important habitats for the survival of the Pantanal are at the core of this project.
The project monitors the wildlife within the landscape with and without peccaries, its interaction with other species and the environment, as well as its demographic and genetic population status. It investigates the factors influencing wildlife and peccary population movements. The area is currently under threats with the expansions of soybean plantations, mining and illegal hunting. The white-lipped peccaries’ herd dynamics and survival are monitored by scientists to better understand conservation threats and identify key ecological issues. Always moving including traveling for up to 10 kilometers a day and looking for food, peccaries are useful for assessing the health of the Pantanal. Indeed, peccaries eat so much food that the slightest change in their habitat will cause them to change their habits and patterns moving to more pristine habitat. Peccaries are important for the region as they are hunted by the jaguar. That said, the extinction of white-lipped peccary would lead to the extinction of the jaguar. The conservation project gathers all kind of information around the white-lipped peccary gatherings and what it takes to keep them thriving and healthy in order to preserve the local ecosystem.
Why choose this project?
- Get a feel for the importance of biodiversity and ecological interactions to help protect priority areas for conservation.
- Learn about conservation planning and wildlife species protection in Brazil.
- Experience Brazil and its amazing natural habitats while meeting locals.
Role of the volunteer
Wildlife conservation volunteering in Brazil is the perfect project to get experience in eco-ecosystems and natural habitats while working with local scientists based in the region and influencing local communities’ decisions. Participate in many activities from wildlife monitoring to setting camera trap, exploring new regions for presence or absence of large mammals, monitoring exclusion plots and fruit census amongst many other activities including data entry. You may also be able to assist with community environmental education activities including tree planting, seeds collection and environmental English classes with the local school.
No specific skills are required, however, a love for the outdoors is a must, as well as a reasonable amount of fitness for possible hiking. This project is also a great place for anyone interested in wildlife conservation volunteering in Brazil.
WHY JOIN THE PROJECT
To discover a new culture
Learn about wildlife conservation in Brazil
To contribute to local efforts to save ecosystems
About the location
The project is located in the highlands region of Serra da Bodoquena National Park on the west side of Brazil. The region is unique with many limestone spring formations and many cool tourist spots to visit. Bodoquena, where you will be staying, is a town of about 8,000 people.
You will be staying in a comfortable volunteer house during your stay located 4 hours away from Campo Grande. Numerous swimming holes with waterfalls and natural aquariums are only a bike ride away from where we will be staying.
What to do in your spare time
You will be located less than an hour from two main tourist towns (Miranda the gates to the Pantanal) and Bonito (one of the top tourist places in Brazil for its crystal clear waters, natural aquariums waterfalls, and wildlife). Transport via buses is available to travel anywhere, and easily accessible to visit nearby towns.
Details & Costs
- Duration: 2 weeks
- Cost: £1445 for 2 weeks
- Requirements: age 18+
- Location: Bodoquena, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
- Working hours: 08:00 – 17:00
- Project availability: June 24, 2019 & October 18, 2019.
- Arrival day: Specific dates available. Speak to your placement advisor for more information.
What is included
- Accommodation: Shared accommodation in a volunteer house.
- Food: 3 meals a day seven days a week.
- Airport: pick-up and drop-off from Campo Grande Airport.
- Training: Fundraising guide, Pre-departure information pack, learning reflection guide, on-site orientation, and project induction provided.
- Support: 24-hour support from on-site coordinator.
- Excursion Planning: Assistance with planning of your free time excursions from local staff.
- Internet: Wifi.
What is not included
Easy 3-step application process
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