Pacuare Reserve

We are a working reserve established in 1989 with almost 2000 acres of tropical forest and 6 kilometers of beach, which is one of the most important nesting sites in the country of the endangered Leatherback Turtle.

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Pacuare Reserve / Reserva Pacuare, Matina, Costa Rica.
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From March to July, every volunteer, student and visitor is welcome to join us with our conservation efforts and the marine turtle monitoring program. We perform nightly turtle census, take biometric data from the nesting turtles, document the location of the nests and relocate them if necessary. To witness and partake at close range in the nesting process is an unforgettable experience for all who have seen it. Since the reserve was founded, the poaching rate has been reduced from 98 % to less than 1 %.

From June to September thousands of baby Leatherback Turtles hatch. Yet another great spectacle of nature to behold. Pacuare Reserve and the surrounding canals are rich in wildlife with over 300 recorded species of animals; 3 species of monkeys, over 200 species of birds, and rarer species such as jaguar and ocelot.

Pacuare Reserve has a north and a south station, from which the scientific and investigation activities are coordinated. Dorm style cabins for groups and a dining hall are located in both stations., and Casa Grande Eco Lodge at the south station.

Pacuare Reserve is now under the stewartship of Ecology Project International and is a not for profit organization. All proceeds go straight back to the Reserve.