Pantanal Wildlife Research

founded in 2010
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Coordinator | Patrick
Coordinator | Patrick
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One of the last real frontiers on Earth!
Wildlife Paradise, the best place to see wildlife in South America.
Assist with wildlife research for animals like Peccaries.
Volunteer in a National Park!
Volunteer in the Cerrado and Atlantic Forest Formation!
Join us on an ecological sanctuary in the Pantanal Highlands and work along with our team who’s objective is to protect these areas and its wildlife through research. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 17+
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.

Typical day

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.
The Typical day varies depending on the season and so we expect volunteers to be flexible regarding projects and tasks.

Free-time activities

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

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
Resume, application forms, liability waiver (provided during application process), Pictures, Policies & Procedures and Letter of motivation
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Fronteering Travel

The Fees include: 

  • Accommodation - Shared Room (Volunteer Quarters)
  • Meals - 3 meals a day included.
  • Airport pick up Campo Grande
  • Transfer to the project in a 4x4 from Campo Grande and back
  • Ongoing Service and 24/7 Emergency Contact

Airport Pickup at Campo Grande International Airport

When you arrive in Campo Grande you will be picked up by project leaders  at the airport and head to the field lodge.  The drive is about 4 hours.


As a volunteer, you will share your room with other volunteers while living at a nice volunteer house. The volunteer house is positioned next to several staff houses. 

The house has a big full kitchen, a large living room and multiple shared bedrooms. For more information please see the pictures. 

Dorm Room Bungalow
Food & Beverages

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.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Campo Grande International Airport (CGR) in Campo Grande. We assist you to find cheap flights to Brazil.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Brazil provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Brazil you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Brazil.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

The project is available all year around and you can start any day of the week. You will need to fly to Campo Grande.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 2 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$1,471 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Fronteering Travel will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Fronteering Travel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Pantanal Wildlife Research

Join us on an ecological sanctuary in the Pantanal Highlands and work along with our team who’s objective is to protect these areas and its wildlife through research.


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