Kanahau Utila Research and Conservation Facility

Wildlife and habitat research in the CaribbeanKanahau Conservation OrganisationVolunteering
Accommodation:
  • Male dorm
  • Female dorm
  • Shared bathroom
  • Description

    Description:

    We are a small dedicated research and conservation team working on the Caribbean island of Utila, Honduras. We study both the wildlife and habitats on the island. Research involves the Critically Endangered Utila spiny-tailed iguana, invertebrate, bats, and other reptiles and amphibians.

    The primary habitat on the island is mangrove, which makes for fun and exciting field work! There is also forest, coastal scrub, iron shores, and some beautiful beaches to explore.

    We accept research students to complete both undergraduate and postgraduate projects, as well as general volunteers to help us with all of our research. We also have an education program involving 7 local schools, and a community project supporting people that create products and artwork on the island, to provide sustainable eco-friendly incomes.

    As we are a small team, you will be fully part of all of our work, from maintaining the house and garden, collecting data in the field, analysing collections in the lab, and checking out the varied nightlife on the island!

    Utila is a beautiful small very friendly island, so why not complete your research or gain some valuable field experience whilst enjoying the Caribbean lifestyle!

    We provide accommodation and all meals, as well as full scientific support if needed, and any help required to prepare for your trip.

    Amenities:
  • Phone signal
  • Eating area
  • First aid kit
  • Fan
  • Power supply
  • Active Months:
    February
    March
    April
    May
    June
    July
    August
    September
    Camp Rules:

    We are a pretty relaxed household, but we have some basic rules to ensure happy communal living and to keep everyone safe. Keep the noise to a minimum after 10pm. No drugs. Minimal drinking. No walking outside the house at night alone.

    Pumpkin Hill Road
    , , Bay Islands Department, HN
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    2 reviews

    1. MSc dissertation project

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      I did my data collection for my MSc dissertation project with Kanahau over the summer 2016. I had all the help and support I needed for my research as well as the chance to participate in some of the other projects. The research center is great and Utila is awesome. Definitively would recommend.

    2. Kanahau offers the perfect combination of biodiversity surveying experience and community driven conservation efforts

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      The members of the small team at Kanahau are approachable and accessible, with volunteers working alongside project organizers for a great mentoring experience. Facilities are basic, with limited internet function and a few unexpected crawly roommates on site (including but not limited to relentless mosquitoes, scorpions and tarantulas), but compared to facilities with other expedition companies the facilities at Kanahau are luxurious, and the food is excellent by any standards. A range of biodiversity projects lead by highly capable researchers are complemented by local environmental education programs, beach clean-ups and opportunities to assist with the local handmade shop supporting local artisans in sustainable local business initiatives. The community involvement at Kanahau is unparalleled by other expedition organizations and will help to put the biodiversity work into perspective. Highly recommend.

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