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Costa Rica & Panama Primate Behavior and Conservation 

Primate Biology and Behavior

Head to the rainforests of two diverse Central American countries and study New World primates alongside naturalists and professional primatologists. 

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Travel to El Zota Biological Field Station in the heart of Costa Rica to learn about primate biology, behavior, natural history and ecology in a spectacular rainforest setting. Participate in ongoing monkey research alongside primatologists. Then assist local organizations with animal rehabilitation, reforestation, conservation and education efforts. Through field exercises and service projects, your work here will promote primate survival in the New World and help mitigate the threats these monkeys face on a daily basis. The white-faced capuchins, spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys and mantled howler monkeys need you.  

Summer travel programs for college students in Costa Rica and Panama
“Getting to hike and see monkeys up close was unreal. If you are passionate about primates this trip is for you! ” — Kate Barry, Boyds, MD


3 natural science college credits through Lesley University


25 hours of community service

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Community Service & College Credit
  • 25 Hours
  • 3 Credits
  • Highlights
  • Earn 3 college natural science credits through Lesley University
  • Study New World monkeys in their natural habitats
  • Learn field research techniques
  • Hands-on primate rehabilitation work
  • Reforestation and habitat conservation projects
  • 2-day rafting trip down the thrilling Pacuare River
  • Experience Required
  • Minimum 18 years old
  • High school graduate
  • High school or college biology
  • Minimum GPA: 2.50
  • Completed at least one semester at college or graduated high school over a year ago
  • Locations
  • Bocas del Toro
  • Cariari
  • Pacuare River
  • Quepos
  • San Jose
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