NAI CONSERVATION:
TRACKING TAPIRS BETWEEN VOLCANOES

In a valley between two volcanoes, there is a living relic of the megafauna from eons past. The Baird’s tapir, the largest mammal in the Neotropics. Once distributed throughout Central America, today’s tapir populations are limited to a handful of core areas with fewer than 4,500 tapirs left in the wild. But there is still hope for these endangered giants. The Costa Rica Wildlife Foundation through its signature program – Nai Conservation, is working alongside local communities to save tapirs from extinction. You can be a part of the action and witness how humans and tapirs can coexist!
Join the Nai Conservation team and explore Tapir Valley in search of the tapir. In this incredible private reserve covered with primary forest, restoration plots and wetlands, Nai Conservation works hand in hand with the local community to protect both tapirs and their habitat.

Live the adventure of being a conservation biologist in Costa Rica alongside local experts! You will follow tapir tracks, elucidate the mysteries hidden in tapir dung (believe us, it’s super exciting!), and hike deep into the forest looking for tapirs… and with luck, experience a face-to-face encounter with the Gardener of the Forest.
Join the Nai Conservation team exploring the Tapir Valley in the search of the tapir. In this amazing private reserve covered by primary forest, restoration plots and wetlands, Nai Conservation works hand in hand with the community to protect tapir habitat and its populations.

Live the adventure of being a conservation biologist in Costa Rica along local experts! You will be following tapir tracks, elucidating the mysteries hidden in tapir dung (believe us, it’s super exciting!), and hike deep into the forest looking for tapirs… and with a bit of luck, enjoy a face-to-face encounter with the Gardener of the Forest.

ACTIVITIES

• Interpreted wildlife observation hike
(mammals, birds, herps, plants, insects)
• Hike the research trails with the Nai Conservation team
• Deploy and retrieve camera traps
• Plant endemic trees in the restoration plots
• Learn examples of wildlife research techniques
• Participate in a conversation about wildlife conservation in Costa Rica
• Savour refreshments while on a bird observation platform.

Site:

Tapir Valley Private Reserve, Bijagua, Upala, Costa Rica

Duration:

4 – 5 hours

Time

(variable, but the suggested is ideal for wildlife observation): 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Difficulty:

Adaptable trail options

OTHER SERVICES AVAILABLE AS PER REQUEST:

– Nai Conservation merch available for sale (cash)
– Snacks during the hike
– Bird photography tour
– Longer night walks

Gear Needed:

Suitable clothing for hiking in the forest:

  • long pants

  • longsleeved shirt

  • Rain jacket

  • Umbrella or Poncho

  • Rubber boots (loan option)

  • Repellent

  • Bottle for water

  • Sunscreen

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