Pangolin Conservation Project Sri Lanka

Project Pangolin

Introduction

Eco Team (the parent company of Experiential Journeys) has partnered with the Pangolin Conservation Project initiated by the Biodiversity and Sustainability Research Group of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science of University of Sri Jayawardenepura, to create awareness and to provide a hands-on experience in conservation efforts towards this endangered species.

The primary focus of the project is to protect the Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) from poaching, hunting and habitat loss. The Pangolin Conservation Project has three focal areas: Protection, Research and Education. This project is based in Yagirala Forest Reserve, a tropical lowland rainforest in the south-west of Sri Lanka.

Location:

Yagirala – Kalutara District

What we expect from the Volunteers:

  • Take part in tracking sessions to locate radio-collared pangolins (as part of an on-going research)
  • Assist in maintenance of the enclosures and engage in captive behavioural observation sessions after an initial training
  • Participate and assist in community awareness sessions

The above opportunities may not be available all the time, so it is advised to call us in advance to check availability.

Objectives of the Project

  • Gather information on the behaviour and ecology of Indian Pangolin
  • Gain knowledge about the population and territory sizes in specific regions
  • Learn about prey preferences and feeding habits
  • Understand the population structure and ultimately create an environment of coexistence between people and wildlife to conserve this threatened animal species

Rates include:

  • Project transportation in the field for various activities, if required
  • All meals and refreshments
  • Shared accommodation
  • Orientation and briefings on the programme
  • Guidance and training on the programme
  • Field Programmes
  • Field Equipment
  • Certificate of participation

Our rates do not include:

  • Any Airfare or Visa fee
  • Any additional beverage or food
  • Airport transfers
  • Any tips to the staff
  • Any personal gear not mentioned here

Do’s:

  • Keep your contribution in perspective
  • Be on time
  • Be flexible and open-minded
  • Expect satisfaction
  • Be responsible

Don’ts:

  • Think that you can do anything and everything
  • Carry much money and lend money to people
  • Expect to only have FUN
  • Ask probing, personal questions

Important Factors

  • All volunteers need to read and sign our Code of Conduct which provides concise guidelines to ensure volunteers have an enjoyable and exciting time
  • The programme is open to anyone and there are no limitations on age or physical condition. But volunteers must have an open mind and suitable attitude to live and work in a tropical environment with basic amenities and get along with a diverse group of international volunteers
  • You do not have permission to do any sort of activity that causes disturbances to wildlife
  • Personal gear for warm/windy/rainy conditions must be carried by clients
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, etc. are recommended to be brought along

 

Please Note: Conservation Research is a dynamic process where although the research goals are planned in advance, the monthly and daily activities to achieve these goals depend on the local situation and can change dramatically. All information herein should be treated in this manner.

Day Time Activity Plan
1
12.00 noon Arrival
12.00 noon - 02.00 pm Settle down and have lunch
02.00 pm - 02.15 pm Programme Briefing
02.15 pm - 05.00 pm Site visit - Yagirala Rainforest (You can go for a river bath while in it as well)
05.00 pm - 05. 30pm Return to the center and evening tea session
05.30 pm - 07. 00 pm Relax
07.00 pm - 08.00 pm
Daily Discussion / Social time - Debriefing & following day plan
08.00 pm - 09.00 pm Dinner
09.00 pm Take part in tracking sessions to locate radio-collared pangolins (this opportunity may not be available all the time) or Lights Off
2
06.00 am - 07.00 am Birding and observing nature around campsite after bed tea/coffee
07.00 am - 08.00 am Breakfast
08. 00 am - 12.30 pm Leave for separate assignments set for you (Session 01)
12.30 pm - 02.00 pm Return the site for lunch
02.00 pm - 05.00 pm Leave for separate assignments set for you (Session 02)
05.00 pm - 05. 30pm Return to the centre and evening tea session
05.30 pm - 07. 00 pm Relax
07.00 pm - 08.00 pm Daily Discussion / Data input / Social time - Debriefing & following day plan (For groups who are staying back more than two days)
08.00 pm - 09.00 pm Dinner
09.00 pm Take part in tracking sessions to locate radio-collared pangolins (this opportunity may not be available all the time) or Lights Off

 

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