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Wildlife Research in Honduras

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Operation Wallacea

  • 1 person is interested

Operation Wallacea is a research and environmental organisation, working alongside university and college academics to build long term datasets to put towards various conservation management goals. We recruit volunteers to help out with the data collection, and train them in the skills and background that's needed to help effectively. There's also the option to complete dissertations or senior theses at our sites.

The Honduras project has both a terrestrial component, based in Cusuco National Park, and a marine component, based on the islands of Utila and Tela. One of Operation Wallacea's oldest sites, there are a large number of ongoing projects- all centred around monitoring the biodiversity change in a highly endangered environment. Volunteers can get involved with everything from herpetofauna surveys, to invertebrate surveys, bats, small mammals, coral and fish, among many other things. There's also the option of doing a canopy access experience.

The Bay Islands is our flagship Caribbean marine site with tons of research going on from sea urchin restoration, invasion lionfish population monitoring, stereo-video surveying monitoring reef fish populations, and 3D modelling of the reef to estimate habitat complexity.


  • -Largest number of forest research scientists and most published research site in Honduras.

  • -In the top 50 most irreplaceable forest sites in the world.

  • -Data is used to protect forests based on their carbon and biodiversity value.

  • -Learn to scuba dive.

  • -Highest recorded percentage of live coral coverage anywhere in the Caribbean.

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About Operation Wallacea


Wallace House, Old Bolingbroke, Spilsby, Lincolnshire PE23 4EX, GB

Mission Statement

Gain invaluable field research experience working with wildlife in remote locations around the world. Operation Wallacea offers the opportunity to acquire a wide range of skills working with different animals and also to collect your own data if you plan to do a dissertation or senior thesis project.


Operation Wallacea (Opwall) is an organisation that runs a series of biological and conservation management research programs in remote locations across the world. These expeditions are designed with specific wildlife conservation aims in mind - from identifying areas needing protection, through to implementing and assessing conservation management programs. We invite students to work alongside our scientists to collect real life data first hand. Volunteers also have the opportunity to collect their own data for a senior thesis or dissertation project.



We'll work with your schedule.


Cusuco National Park & Bay IslandsCusuco, Honduras






  • Must be at least 18
  • 2, 4, 6, or 8 weeks within the months June - August.
  • No previous experience required. We provide all necessary training on site. Just need to have love for the environment and a passion for conservation!

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