Tortuguero National Park is one of Costa Rica’s most popular ecotourist destinations, because of its scenic beauty and rich biodiversity. The canals, rivers and beaches of this area are living laboratories for tropical rainforest study and marine biology. The park was created in 1975 to protect Green turtles, which were in danger of extinction because of the harvesting of their eggs and the indiscriminate killing of the turtles for food.
This is one of the parks most well known on an international level, not only because of the nesting of Green turtles, of leatherback turtles, and of lora turtles, but also because it possesses an ecosystem as diverse as nature itself. The wildlife in this zone is very diverse; usually there are populations of monkeys, amphibians, birds and fish. Resident animals include jaguars, sloths, frogs, lapas, toucans and bats, among others.
We work with Costa Rican and international volunteers to protect one of the forests of great diversity, and one of the most important volcanoes in Costa Rica. We do maintenance of trails and installations, repair of the roads, and cleaning. We support the officials responsible for the area. In addition, Spanish-speaking volunteers do customer service. Volunteers also accompany park rangers in patrolling the forest, and in doing surveys of tourists.
Actually we are work in a new project: The Environmental Education and Research Robles-Kaufman. It is our main project for 2010. Our goal is to support the National Park during the nesting season of sea turtles, make control and protection activities as well as environmental education activities for Tortuguero community, national and foreign visitors. This station also allows us to develop research processes and build a nature trail about the richness of a tropical rainforest.
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