Friday, August 28, 2009

Volunteer adventure abroad: Jaguars, Pumas & prey, oh my

August 28, 9:34 AM
San Diego Volunteer Travel Examiner
Tammara Phillips

The rainforest of Brazil’s St. Hilaire/Lange National Park is home to unstudied populations of Jaguars and Pumas. Volunteers interested in hands-on conservation can join the first-ever expedition to study the cats in the Park’s southernmost section.

The two week expedition will pair volunteers and scientists to collect data in densely forested mountain ranges and Mangrove lowlands. The information gathered will help local efforts to protect this key habitat for the two species. It is hoped that the area might contain the source population from which the Atlantic Forest Jaguar’s numbers could be bolstered. No knows how many are in the Park currently.

Biosphere Expeditions is organizing the venture to take place in May 2010. The trip is open to all and there are no special skills required. The program fee is $1650 which covers in-country travel, meals, and lodging. Volunteers will need to purchase transportation to and from Curitiba Brazil separately.

The organization has similar eco-ventures in other locations:
• Honduras – coral reef
• Slovakia – wolf & lynx
• Altai – snow leopard
• Caprivi – lion, leopard, hyena cheetah
• Oman – Arabian leopard
• Peru – jaguar, puma, parrots
• Musandam – coral reef


Learn more about big cats and Big Cat Rescue at

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