By playing a critical role in Lapa Riosâ€™ Wildcat Research Experience 2010, we will reward you with a free night of accommodation and your meals for one day at Costa Ricaâ€™s award winning Lapa Rios, with a minimum of four night stay between May 2nd and May 15th, 2010.
Lapa Rios has been supporting a local team of wildcat researchers and conservationists for several years and we would like to further involve our guests in the Jaguar, Puma and Wildcat Conservation Efforts through this once in a lifetime experience.Â
During your four night stay at Lapa Rios in May 2010, you will be able to enjoy all of the regular tours and activities at the lodge, and we will also involve you in a variety of special activities revolving around Wildcat Conservation, such as:Â
- Attending a briefing on the status of the wildcat research and conservation program on the Osa Peninsula with project directors Aida Bustamante and Ricardo Moreno.Â
- Setting up and checking the heat sensor triggered cameras in the Lapa Rios Wildlife Reserve. These cameras are used to monitor the movement of jaguar, puma and other wildlife in the reserve and the Osa Peninsula.Â
- Hiking into the rainforest and helping collect wildcat footprints in the rainforest.
- Learning how to conduct an analysis of the wild catsâ€™ diets in the rainforest.Â
- Working along side locals who might have been hunters before and now are active in the conservation of the wildlife, flora and fauna of the Osa Peninsula.
- Participating in talks given at local schools, community groups and hotels about the wildlife conservation program.
- Setting up and testing the program that monitors the movement of peccaries (medium sized, wild piglike mammals) with the help of GPS collars, in the reserve and Osa Peninsula.Â