The Osa Peninsula is one of the world’s most biodiverse areas, holding 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity! Our biological field station for tropical studies contains a nature reserve with over 7 miles of accessible trails for students to explore, create research projects, and observe wildlife and plants. 

Wildlife Monitoring Project

At the Jaguar's Jungle, we contribute research to a country wide animal monitoring project managed by the Costa Rican government. With the use of camera traps, we monitor the population densities of all wildlife species on the reserve. We also conduct behavioral studies with the wild cats that roam the reserve: jaguars, pumas, ocelots, margay, and jaguarondi. Our research has given us an inside look at the elusive lives of wild cats on the Osa Peninsula and shed light on the theory that Jaguars rub against designer perfume scents. We conducted an experiment funded by Washington & Jefferson College wherein designer perfumes Chanel No. 5, Calvin Klein's Obsession for Men, and L'Aire du Temps were dispersed onto scent stations in front of camera traps to record Jaguar responses.

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Why Conduct Fieldwork At The Jaguar's Jungle Biological Station?

  • Access to more than 130 acres of diverse rainforest habitat

  • Easy access to both primary and secondary rainforest across a range of soil types, riparian areas, beaches, and estuaries

  • Accommodations next to pristine beaches, tide pools, sandy and rocky beach habitats

  • Healthy populations of all major Mesoamerican rainforest faunal taxa, including large mammals such as jaguars, tapirs and peccaries

  • High densities of primates

  • High density of tapirs

  • Pleasant climate with few biting insects!

  • Well-marked on-site trail system

  • Opportunities to establish long-term research plots

  • Cellular signal antennae and reliable power (solar)

  • Comfortable facilities and healthy Costa Rican meals

  • Accessible town with tourist amenities, located 15 minutes by boat

  • Friendly atmosphere with moderate tourist activity  

  • Access to a variety of tropical fruit trees and waterfalls