Wildlife Ecology – NEW for YAP 2017

Using the unique rainforest canopy as a backdrop, participants in the Wildlife Ecology class will inhabit and immerse themselves in an ecological environment that is home to great biodiversity. Learn about the biology of amphibians and reptiles and then take a night hike through the rainforest to find them in their natural habitat. “Track” native animals through the rainforest and learn about wildlife capture and census techniques. Take a Safari Tour down the Penas Blancas River designed to have students be able to identify and spot rainforest birds and mammals, including toucans, three-toed sloths, and a variety of monkey species. Visit a national park and take a guided tour of one of the most active volcanoes in the world and discover its impact on the ecology of the region. Finally, get up close and personal with the animals of the region with a trip to an Eco Zoo that features interactive exhibits including a butterfly conservatory, insect zoo, and serpentarium. Participants in this class will appreciate the great diversity of life in the rainforest region while learning about the “Pura Vida” life of this Central American paradise.