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Los Guardianes Wildlife Refuge

Los Guardianes Wildlife Refuge is a private sanctuary of more than 548 hectares of rare coastal rainforest between the indigenous reserve of Kekoeldi and the absolute biological Refuge Gandocca Manzanillo on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. It is known to scientists that this extraordinarily biodiverse and unique habitat is threatened by illegal activities like poaching, pet trade, logging and squatting. Our wildlife sanctuary is home to hundreds of amazing birds, monkeys, frogs, snakes and wild cats like the ocelot, also known as the dwarf leopard. Lately, we also spotted a puma with our installed camera traps.

Therefore in the Los Guardianes case, eleven landowners joined forces to work with scientists and volunteers to patrol an overall area of 548 hectares and monitor this private refuge and potentially be an example of how to protect similar private reserves in other places too. The Refuge incorporates several neighbouring pieces of land, including the La Ceiba Reserve, the Finca Currè (Tropica Verde e.V.), Finca Gabriel, Finca NINFA S.A. and Planet One World.

With the help of the German organisation Tropica Verde e.V, we have already built four permanent and one mobile ranger camps to be able to be present in the refuge day and night, and we even started to monitor the entire area, not only through patrols but also with camera traps. We now also count with one ordinary lawyer that represents all participants in case of legal actions against illegal activities in our area. Please see the volunteering page to learn how you could get involved in supporting our Los Guardianes Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers who want to protect the rainforest as a part of the overall tasks are warmly welcome!

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Mission / Intention

In line with goal 13 of the UN Sustainable Goals our primary goal is to show functioning examples of how we can live well using our planet´s resources sustainably while respecting, protecting and supporting local communities as well as the biodiversity of this place. There are already plenty of sustainable solutions on which we want to educate all visitors of our project. We hope that perceiving and experiencing our world will carry out our message into the world. The impact you will leave as a visitor in our project is as much as important as the impact which will be seen on your perception and personality. Inspiring you and being part of your personal development is our mission without this our vision would not be wholly fulfilled.

Bio / Qualifications

Planet One World is an Agroecological Farm (36 ha) in the tropical rainforest of the south-eastern Caribbean side of Costa Rica only two miles away from the most beautiful beaches like playa Punta Uva or playa Chiquita. Located near Puerto Viejo, we are nestled in between Indigenous reserves and Afro-Caribbean fishing villages. The area is dotted with intact coastal (primary) rainforests, stunning Caribbean beaches and colourful coral reefs. On our farm we are working with organic permacultural planting techniques and through using sustainable installations we try to be as much self-sustainable and carbon neutral as possible. Two years ago, the private Los Guardianes Wildlife Refuge (540 ha) was founded by seven private landowners which joined forces. As the BriBri Culture has incorporated these values into their daily living we deeply cooperate and support their communities.


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