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Endangered species

Are we nearing a mass extinction? At least 15 thousand scientists think so. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), 28% of species are threatened by extinction. However, due to lack of resources, the IUCN has only been able to fully research 5% of species. This is troubling because from the little we know, the loss of one species could lead to serious consequences for human beings such as reduced food and oxygen.

We’re the ones causing this loss of species variety or biodiversity. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the greatest threat to species is habitat loss, followed by overfishing, invasive species, pollution, climate change and poaching.

To counter this variety of threats, we contribute to a range of data-driven and locally led activities in some of the world’s most biodiverse locations. These include more nature-centric activities such as biodiversity surveys and habitat restoration to more human-centric activities such as education and professional development.

Our Current Initiatives

  • Jaguar data collection in Costa Rica in collaboration with Panthera and Coastal Jaguar Conservation (CJC)

  • Cheetah data collection in South Africa in collaboration with the Endangered Wildlife Fund’s (EWF) Cheetah Metapopulation Project

  • Whales and dolphin data collection around Tenerife island in collaboration with Atlantic Whale and Dolphin Foundation

  • Asian elephant reintegration into the wild in Thailand in collaboration with Huay Pakoot Community Conservation Group

  • Sea turtle rehabilitation in Thailand in collaboration with the Royal Thai Navy Sea Turtle Conservation Center

  • Manatee, Geoffroy's spider monkey and great green macaw surveys in Costa Rica in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica (MINAET) and the Tortuguero Conservation Area


participants engaged in increasing anti-poaching awareness in 2018


biodiversity surveys were conducted on species identification and habitats


community members trained in biodiversity surveying techniques in 2018

Where you can contribute

Earn your PADI Open Water and volunteer to help conserve one of the world's wonders: the Belize Barrier Reef.
Start your diving and marine conservation career in one of the world's most beautiful places, Belize.
Discover the wild and wonderful world of conservation in the Costa Rican rainforest.
Live with other teens on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast while learning about rainforest conservation.
Contribute to preserving the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the second largest coral reef in the world
Earn your PADI Coral Reef Restoration Diver (CRRD) Distinctive Speciality and gain work experience in marine conservation
Assist with documenting the return of armadillos and other mammals to the cloud forest.

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