Pantanal Wildlife Research

Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil



The Experience

Join us in the remote Pantanal Highlands, The Serra da Bodoquena National Park, the only Federal conservation unit in the state of  Mato Grosso do Sul State, of  central Brazil-The Bodoquena Mountains are part of the Cerrado-Pantanal biodiversity corridor, composed  of the endangered Atlantic Forest  and the Cerrado Ecosystem. Also  one of the best ecotourism destinations in Brazil! It is an adventure destination combined with environmental preservation, beautiful natural landscapes, and unbelievable crystal-clear waters!

Join us on an ecological sanctuary in the Pantanal Highlands  and work along with a team of earth angels who’s objective is to identify key ecological and landscape features to better understand conservation threats on key frugivore species endangered with the growing trend of deforestation and habitat destruction. While at it, gain knowledge and experience in a region that so many dream of exploring. 

Located 260 Km from the Capital of Mato Grosso do Sul – Campo Grande, on the Bodoquena-Pantanal Corridor, is is also adjacent to a resort town called Bonito where tourists from all over the world com to snorkel in the crystal clear  waters, and experience the amazing wildlife and landscape. The region is quite unique in many aspects, e.g., remaining forest remnants with unique limestone spring formations. Both Bodoquena and the  famous sister town  Bonito , are favorite tourist resort towns  because of the gorgeous landscape, clear rivers that you can snorkel in, water falls, > 400 bird species, and amazing wildlife. The project is composed of Ph.D professors, and their graduate students who are all working towards the conservation goal of maintaining the regional biodiversity. Join us and get hands on experience in the Bonito-Bodoquena region; from setting camera traps, following wildlife trails, fruit census, botanical survey in exclusion plots; community environmental education activities, data entry and tail maintenance while working along with scientist, graduate students and locals.

We are always so excited to share the experience of the natural beauty of this part of the region. Volunteers can expect to work mostly with the ecological and conservation aspect through some tasks and duties may overlap due to the specific needs of the different components that make up the destination. 

We look forward to welcoming you to be part our research family.

This Is Why

  • One of the last real frontiers on Earth!
  • Wildlife Paradise.
  • Volunteer in a National Park!
  • Volunteer in the Cerrado and Atlantic Forest Formation!

Project Details
  • Key Start Dates
    The project is unavailable all year round!
  • Trip duration
    1 or 2 weeks 
  • Number of volunteers
    5 - 14
  • Pricing
    1 Week: 1295 US$
  • 2 Weeks: 1995 US$
  • 3 Weeks: On request. 
  • Housing Type
    Shared rooms/cabin
  • Internet Access
    Yes however, internet access is limited at the project.
  • Who Are They Looking For?
    Adventurous individuals/students who have an interest in the outdoors and want to contribute to a conservation project.

Fast Facts: Brazil

Where? Pantanal, Brazil, South America

Country Size: 8,515,767 km2 
3,287,956 sq mi

Population density? 24.35 km2

State Famous for? Largest Wetland in the world, Giant River Otter, Amazon Rainforest, Rio de Janeiro, Carnival Jaguars, Black Caiman, Arapaima (largest scaled fresh water fish in the world), Caipirinhas. Samba, Football

When to visit: All year round

  • What's Included
    • Placement
      Pantanal Wildlife Research
    • Accommodation
      Shared Room/rooms with shared bathroom facitlities Fully equipped kitchen, Varanda, wifi, washing machines)
    • Meals
      3 meals a day included.
    • Transfer to Project

      When you arrive in Campo Grande you will be picked up by project leaders  at the airport and head to the field lodge in Bodoquena.  The drive is about 4 hours.
    • Ongoing Service
      We will support you and offer assistance during your entire stay at the program.
    • Tours
      Through FRONTEERING you have the possibility to book tours before and/or after you have finished your volunteer project.
    • 24/7 Emergency contact
      If there are any problems during you stay at the project you can reach us 24/7 to assist you.

    What's not included: International Flights, Insurance

    Package Price: 
    01 Week: 1295 US$, 02 Weeks: 1995 US$, 03 weeks: on request or 4 weeks: on request.


      This program is an ecology conservation volunteer Program that allow you to experience and learn a lot about the Pantanal Bonito-Bodoquena region while assisting a family to continue their mission. Duties and tasks will be a learning phase and other day duties and tasks will vary depending on what the program for the day is. Volunteer will have a diversity of Tasks, such as: 

      • Wildlife Monitoring (Peccaries and lowland Paca).
      • Capturing and Radio Tracking and Data Collecting. 
      • Fruit Experiments, Wildlife Scat Analysis (Testing germination of native seeds), Trail Maintenance, Native fruit Census, Animal Observation and Set up Fruit Removal Experiments. 
      • Environmental Education and Reforestation. 
      • General Home chores and In General, all participants will participate in an important conservation effort, experience a new culture and witness the beauty and diversity of a spectacular ecological sanctuary.
    • Requirements, Guidelines & Policies
      Some of the requirements for this project are:
      • Taking a Portuguese course before arrival (optional) 
      • A strong work ethic is required: reliable, responsible, dependable, honest and with a good sense of humor. You must be physically it and comfortable with the arrangement of living in a remote location.
      • 17+
      • No experience required but must be willing to learn and try new things.
      • Have a possitive attitude and always let someone know when you leave the compound and never do so alone. 
      • Driver’s license (optional).
  • Benefits
    • The opportunity to learn about the Pantanal and especially the Bodoquena-Pantanal corridor, its wildlife and landscape. Learn first-hand about conservation and experience life in a different setting.
    • Learn about Wildlife conservation and research.
    • Develop independence and confidence and have a positive impact on the environment.
  • Fast Facts
    • Project location
      Brazil, Pantanal, Souterh Section   
    • Area Famous For
      Different Species of Birds, Fish, Large Mammals
    • When to visit
      The project advices to visit from February to the end of October.
    • Wildlife viewing
      Some of the best in the world, rivaling even some african safari countries! 
  • Itinerary & Details
    Day 1 - Arrive in Campo Grande, Pantanal Brazil;
    You will arrive in the capital of Mato Grosso do Sul from there you will be picked up and transferred in a  4x4 (3-4 hours). 
    For the next weeks - Volunteer at the Pantanal!
    For several weeks you will work along an amazing team and get involved in the day to day activities at the project! 
    Your last day -
     You will travel back to Campo Grande where you will catch flight back home or take the opportunity to travel through Brazil. Our staff will gladly help you to book any tours to see more of this great country. 
  • Accommodation

    As a volunteer, you will share your room with other volunteers.

    Things to bring from home

    • Hiking Shoes/Working Boots
    • Rain gear
    • Jeans
    • Anti Mosquito repellent + after bite
    • Sunglasses
    • Hat/cap to protect yourself from the sun
    • Sunblock
    • Complete Kitlist will be provided after applying or on request


    How meals are prepared? We wil mostly eat at the local restaurant, but for smaller groups we will prepare meals together

     Drinking water, is available throughout the day. You may also purchase sodas and beer from the store. 

    Breakfast consists of basic toast etc. Lunch and dinner is rice, beans, vegetable dishes with a meat. We are a working farm so there is plenty of delicious beef and lamb provided.

    Volunteers will dine with the lodge staff in the staff kitchen and may sometimes be invited to dinner with the guests of the Lodge.


About the location:

Bonito/Bodoquena is about a 3.5 hour drive from Campo Grande.  Bodoquena is a small town of about 7000 people and equipped with numerous shops, markets, and drugstores.

The region is quite unique in other aspects, e.g., remaining forest remnants include highly endangered Atlantic Forest in addition to Cerrado formations, it includes the 770 km2 "Serra da Bodoquena" National Park, contains unique limestone spring formations, and numerous waterfalls, is very popular for ecotourism worldwide

If there is anything else you would like to add please feel free to do so.

More info and testimonals coming soon.



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