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Costa Rica
Felines & Primates


  • Study the behaviors of primates

  • Track jaguar presence and migration corridors

  • Study the 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.


EPI’s Individual Student Travel Programs are designed for middle school, high school, and college students. You’ll join a group of other passionate students from all over the country, assist with real wildlife conservation projects, and propel your career path forward with confidence and a new sense of independence.

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Your Fieldwork

Track & 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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