Wildlife Conservation

Project Information

Volunteering with wildlife in Costa Rica is an experience that provides knowledge of the management of wild animals of the neotropic.


If you are looking to work with wild animals, this is a project where you have the opportunity to learn about aspects of the ethology and management of animal species such as jaguars (Pathera onca), sloths (Choloepus hoffmanni), macaws (Ara macao and Ara ambiguus), tapirs (Tapirus bairdii), anteaters (Tamandua mexicana) and more.


The care of animals and the environment that this project carries out requires people with a high degree of commitment and cooperation. There are numerous diverse functions that you can perform to help animals, so you are not required to have specific knowledge about animals. All activities will always be carried out under the supervision of the organization’s staff. Volunteers will not touch the animals.

The Wildlife Volunteer joins our Wildlife Rescue Team to help carry out a daily Rescue Center routine. This includes feeding the monkeys, jaguars, tapirs, macaws and many more. Participate in the process of animal rescue and rehabilitation. In addition, they perform maintenance work in enclosures and environmental enrichment initiatives for animals. The tasks are focused on providing welfare to the animals and allow participants to learn how to handle and care for wild animals correctly. Participants will participate in activities such as:


  • Animal feeding.

  • Cleaning enclosures.

  • Assisting animals in case of emergency.

  • Participate in efforts to rehabilitate and release animals.

  • Planting trees.

  • Assisting in giving tours of the sanctuary.

  • Maintenance of animal enclosures and property.

  • Constructing organic structures for the animals.

  • Participate in the environmental enrichment of all types of animals.

  • Agricultural production (for participants and animals).

  • Cleaning under animal feeding stations.

  • Providing water to animals.

  • Washing enclosure floors.

  • Sanctuary maintenance.

  • Feeding baby animals.

  • Providing fresh cut grass to our herbivores.

  • And anything else that needs to be done!

Additional Information

The wildlife volunteer opportunities do not promote the domestication of wild animals. Our primary goal is to make people aware that we should NOT REMOVE wild animals from their habitats. Additionally, participants can not interfere with the animal’s natural behaviors while assisting them. Therefore, if your intention is to touch, hug, kiss, or talk to wild animals, then we recommend you look for another project. But, if you are seeking a place with a meaningful cause where you can give your time, effort and learn about with these wonderful creatures, this is your project.

Skills & Qualifications

There are no specific qualifications needed to join this volunteer project in Costa Rica. Participants are not allowed to smoke on the premises. There is a minimum of a two week program commitment for this project.



Volunteer's Role


On-Site at the group housing with shared dormitory style bedrooms divided by gender. The bathrooms are also shared and rustic. The housing is in the jungle. Limited electricty and water is available. WiFi is not available.


Participants will be given 3 meals per day. Keep in mind that food will be typical Costa Rican food, so participants may want to bring snacks like granola or protein bars with them to the project site.


Participants will work a minimum of 4 hours per day, 6 days per week.


Yes! Not only will you be located in a beautiful part of Costa Rica, close to nature, we can also work with your group to schedule planned activities.