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Afrochic Diani’s first turtle nest!

Some fabulous news came in this month from Afrochic Diani. Land&Life Foundation and Afrochic have offered our support to the Ocean Trust Watamu and we are now providing a home for 114 turtle eggs! A clutch of sea turtle eggs was discovered in an unsafe location on a nearby beach and the Ocean Trust asked whether they could use Afrochic’s beach and specially designated turtle hatching area. We of course agreed and the well-trained volunteers began the delicate process of turtle egg relocation on the 1st March. The Diani Turtle Watch volunteers explained to Afrochic guests, staff and bystanders how the process would work. First the hole was measured to be the exact depth as needed and carefully dug out. The volunteer then started placing all 114 eggs, one at a time, using a protective glove, into the hole. The hole was then filled with the remaining sand from the original nest. 60 days from the 1st of March we will be watching with interest and hope to have a successful hatching of over a hundred baby sea turtles. Watch this space and we will keep you informed!

Some fabulous news came in this month from Afrochic Diani. Land & Life Foundation and Afrochic have offered our support to the Ocean Trust Watamu and we are now providing a home for 114 turtle eggs!

A clutch of sea turtle eggs was discovered in an unsafe location on a nearby beach and the Ocean Trust asked whether they could use Afrochic’s beach and specially designated turtle hatching area. We of course agreed and the well-trained volunteers began the delicate process of turtle egg relocation on the 1st March.

The Diani Turtle Watch volunteers explained to Afrochic guests, staff and bystanders how the process would work. First the hole was measured to be the exact depth as needed and carefully dug out. The volunteer then started placing all 114 eggs, one at a time, using a protective glove, into the hole. The hole was then filled with the remaining sand from the original nest.

60 days from the 1st of March we will be watching with interest and hope to have a successful hatching of over a hundred baby sea turtles. Watch this space and we will keep you informed!

We support Human-Wildlfie Conflict Mitigation

What would it take to drive away a 10-ton animal that is attacking a farmer’s hard earned harvest?  Well, Honeyguide Foundation – an organisation whose core mission is community-based conservation under the stewardship of Damian Bell have found an innovative and safe way of redirecting elephants off farmland especially during the busy harvesting seasons hence protecting the animals from deadly encounters with farmers.  This innovation comes in the form of a toolkit.

The kit comprises of an LED High Powered torch that acts as a visual irritant to the animals, fire horns that provide an auditory irritant, chili bomb comprising packets of chilli powder that burst on impact to provide mild physical irritant and roman candle fireworks that are auditory and visual irritants. The kits are provided to the village community human wildlife conflict teams and these teams are responsible for using the equipment on a day to day basis.

With a focus on northern Tanzania, Honeyguide operates in Community Wildlife Management Areas one of which is Randilen Wildlife Management Area (RWMA) located near Tarangire Treetops.

We – the Land & Life Foundation recently gave a donation of $4,900 to the Honeyguide Foundation. Our donation will go towards funding this Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation program at RWMA. You too can get involved in this noble conservation work.

If you want to know more about this or any other initiative undertaken by Land & Life Foundation, please feel free to contact our team