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Herping for the Future Programme

Organisation: Indigo Expeditions

Country: Guatemala

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Herping for the Future Programme


DO I NEED EXPERIENCE? Experience in field surveying, or other conservation projects, would be beneficial, but no specialist experience of reptiles or amphibians is required. More important is a willingness to learn!

RESEARCH SITE: We are based at the Estación Biológica las Guacamayas, in the region of El Petén, northern Guatemala, in the heart of the Maya Biosphere Reserve.

WHICH SPECIES? Home to nearly 200 species of reptiles and amphibians, including Yucatan banded gecko, green iguana, red-eyed treefrog, striped basilisk, boa constrictor, and fer-de-lance!

ACCOMMODATION: A comfortable shared dorm awaits you, with its own bathroom and even hot water! Wake up each morning to the San Pedro River, as the morning mist rises revealing the first glimpse of a crocodile!

EXPEDITION INCLUDES: From the time you are picked up by the Indigo Team in Flores, Guatemala, all in-country transport, accommodation, food, water & field training is provided! All you need to do is cover your flights, grab your travel insurance, and cover any extra sundries! 

Joining Indigo was hands down the best choice of my life. After a year of suffering as a dishwasher, these past two weeks have been indescribable. I have learned more information by walking through the jungle with Rowland than the past 18 years of me reading books and sitting in a classroom “. Reymond, Research Assistant 2017.

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  • Herping for the Future Programme

    One of the main aims of Indigo Expeditions is to promote the conservation of biodiversity in the Laguna del Tigre National Park, Guatemala. Our small group expeditions allow us to carry out wildlife surveying & monitoring, specialising in the ecology and behaviour of reptiles and amphibians. We have developed a unique research programme offering invaluable experience in tropical field biology to research assistants and students looking to gain experience in tropical fieldwork in Central America. Welcome to Herping for the Future we hope you will choose to explore with us! 2 weeks to 8 weeks placements available.

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