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Costa Rica
Felines & Primates


  • Study the behaviors of primates

  • Track jaguar presence and migration corridors

  • Study effects of climate change on sensitive ecosystems


Join fellow students on a 7 or 9-day educational travel course in the rainforests of Costa Rica's Caribbean slope. You’ll travel by boat to Pacuare Reserve — a working field research station stewarded by EPI — and help scientists research and protect incredible species like howler monkeys, white-faced capuchins, and jaguars. Study species behavior, track jaguar presence and migration corridors using camera traps, and explore the impact of climate change on this sensitive ecosystem.


On all of EPI’s student travel programs, students participate in real-life, ongoing wildlife conservation projects with experts in their field. Lessons and activities are rooted in the NGSS standards and are designed to spark students’ passion for environmental science and conservation. It’s time to discover a student travel program like no other, where exploration and science go hand-in-hand!


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*Enroll at least 6 students with deposits by July 1st to receive early bird pricing

Your Fieldwork

Track and observe wildlife

At EPI's Pacuare Reserve, primates swing through the trees and big cats cruise the trails. Collect observational data on primate behavior and family groups, and set camera traps to study the migratory behavior of Costa Rica's jaguars. 


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Partner Profile

Panthera is the world's only organization dedicated exclusively to the conservation of wild felines. Through biological studies and partnerships with other nonprofits like EPI, Panthera employs strategies to save imperiled cats. In Costa Rica, Panthera's efforts are directed toward jaguars through its Jaguar Corridor initiative, where scientists map the corridors that these cats use to live and move. EPI's Pacuare Reserve provides critical connective habitat and a density of jaguars more than ten times Costa Rica's national average.

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