Wildlife Conservation and Research Internship Wildlife Conservation and Research Internship Utila, Honduras KANAHAU
Participants assist on ALL projects - you will get a taste of each study and aid in data collection of different types, broadening your field research experience.

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Project Details

Our general volunteer program offers hands-on experience working with endemic and endangered species, we are also actively involved in community outreach and education!


Kanahau Utila Research and Conservation Facility (KURCF) is a newly established research facility based in a relatively remote location on the north side of the island of Utila, Honduras This Central American locality is a hotspot for marine and terrestrial biodiversity. Kanahau’s aim is to identify keystone species and threats to their habitats, facilitating and informing active species conservation. We primarily study all aspects of the terrestrial biodiversity, welcoming volunteers and researchers from all disciplines and fields to join us. Staff on site are experienced field researchers having worked with Central American wildlife each for over 6 years, and specifically on Utila Island for 3 years. We recognise that community engagement, local education and public support is essential for successfully conserving this unique island ecosystem and ultimately making a positive difference. In addition to terrestrial research, Kanahau recently established a collaborative 'Utila Coral Restoration' project and a non-profit community shop 'Utila Handmade Co-Operative'. We can accommodate individuals and small groups who wish to gain experience or conduct independent/supervised research.


Utila, Honduras. The research facility is located about two miles outside the only town. It is surrounded by tropical broad leaf forest, just a few hundred feet from the Caribbean sea and situated at the bottom of 'Pumpkin Hill' which affords unparalleled views of this small island.


We currently run several long-term studies at the centre, including population monitoring of the critically endangered endemic iguana Ctenosaura bakeri, cataloguing the invertebrate communities and indicator species, monitoring bat and other mammal populations, and various herpetology projects (anoles, geckos, snakes etc.). Active population monitoring takes place on a near daily basis across the island, offering a wide range of research experience and training in survey techniques. We also run a community environmental education programme in local schools and many community based events.
The main focus of the project is on
NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organization
Contact Person
Daisy Maryon
Spoken Languages

Social Impact

Our current scientific research has a direct positive impact for the species we study by means of protection and awareness. 

We also work with the local community to educate people about the importance of biodiversity and ways in which they can help preserve it, for example through taking personal responsibility for waste and waste management. Being located on such a small island in the Carribbean ocean, we see the huge negative impact that plastic is having on local terrestrial and marine wildlife. We promote sustainability, and fundraise for and have collected donations for 'zero waste' alternatives to many daily-use items, encouraging local cafes and restaurants to ditch plastic, as well as individuals to swap home products such as person hygiene items.

Further than this still, we run a number of projects with local schools, offering unique opportunities for young children to learn and get excited about nature! Again encouraging care and protection of the island and the flora and fauna that live here too.

Pursued Sustainable Development Goals

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