Thursday
Sep282017

Total  Immersion

A journey from western suburbia to the Costa Rican jungle...

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Tuesday
Sep192017

Buenos Días Camp  Osita!

It is very difficult to wake up on the wrong side of the bed when there are so many different kinds of mornings to be had here at Camp Osita.

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Monday
Sep112017

Bright Beasts and Identity  Thieves

The jungles of Costa Rica are home to some of the most diverse communities of wildlife in the world. Across the many ecosystems in the country, every species has its own unique strategies for survival. Some animals will use camouflage to hide in plain sight from predators, or even their prey. Others may have a powerful bite as a defence mechanism, such as the bullet ant.

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Tuesday
Sep052017

The Upside I Didn't Expect From Camp  Osita

When considering coming to Costa Rica to get my first experience in conservation fieldwork, I was thinking primarily about the abundance of wildlife that Costa Rica is famous for.

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Wednesday
Aug302017

New  Discoveries

Jim slowly pops open a tiny tupperware box sitting on the table. All of us gathered around the table slowly lean in, ready for the much anticipated surprise he brought to share with us. Hidden amongst scrunched up tissue he picks out an insect. Dark brown in colour with two large front pincers. This is one of three found specimens of its species. This being the only one still living.

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Tuesday
Aug222017

Leafcutter Ants - The Formidable Farmers of Costa Rica's  Rainforests

When you arrive at Camp Osita, one of the first creatures you will probably encounter is the leafcutter ant (Atta cephalotes). These intrepid forest-specialists can be found across most of Central and Southern America, and are seen across the forests near camp.

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Thursday
Aug172017

My Stay At Camp  Osita

Back in January my friend Emma and I started on our Oceania and Latin America tour. Costa Rica was already a key country on our travel list due to the care and emphasis the country puts on its natural environment and animals. So, big cats, primates and turtle conservation in Costa Rica seemed perfect.

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Tuesday
Jun062017

Meet Our New Assistant Research Officer  Adam!

I really want to build up my work experience and get a much more hands-on approach to conservation research, and for an ecologist, Costra Rica is incredible because it’s so biodiverse! It’s an opportunity to expand my career at the same time as travelling.

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Wednesday
May312017

Trail Volunteers Join Camp  Osita

After 6 weeks of high intensity travel through Central America, I arrived at Camposita. The turtles, primates and big cats conservation project in Costa Rica practically wired me to expect the unexpected - or at least feel a constant uncertainty and excitement.

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Tuesday
May232017

Adapting To The  Science

As a the Media and Journalism intern on the Frontier-Costa Rica project, my main purpose here is to document all of the work being done by Frontier staff and volunteers, as well as what life in the field is like.

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