• Nature Conservation

Zanzibar turtle haven

Kilindi Zanzibar is helping to provide a safe haven for Tanzania’s sea turtle population.

Earlier this year, the Land & Life Foundation secured a protected section of beach at Kilindi to help protect these precious creatures. We are now funding and working with a local turtle monitor, Choroko, to relocate and protect turtle eggs from theft or damage.

Choroko is working hard to relocate and keep safe all unprotected turtle nests. Already known as the community’s first point of contact for turtle protection, they will respond to reports of any nest that might be in danger of being damaged or having eggs stolen from it.

Sea turtles in Tanzania, including those around the island of Zanzibar, face all the same threats as those in Kenya – natural predation from sharks and whales, rampant poaching, loss of nesting areas, commercial beach activity, and unmanaged and illegal developments on sea front and beach areas.

By working with Choroko, we aim to reduce the impact of these threats and enable the local sea turtle population to thrive.

Colobus Conservation

Sponsor a school today and educate tomorrow’s conservation leaders.

Colobus Conservation Limited is a conservation organisation designed to promote the conservation, preservation and protection of primates and their coastal forest habitat in south eastern Kenya. The organisation focuses on research and solutions for human/primate conflicts including animal welfare, biological/ecological research, community development, conservation education, forest protection and enrichment and eco-tourism awareness program.

Through our Wildlife Warrior Program, we support Colobus Conservation to provide life-changing conservation education to over 1,000 children every year.

Educating over 1,000 children from 36 schools in the Diani area of Kenya every year, these workshops inspire local youngsters to appreciate and protect their environment and its wildlife.

Around 30 children attend the workshops from each school. The day is filled with conservation-themed lessons and games, plus a visit to the vet clinic, a walk down the Nature Trail and a forest-themed treasure hunt.

As well as inspiring the conservationists of tomorrow, Colobus Conservation has been treating and rehabilitating injured and orphaned primates since 1997.

With no government funding, the organisation’s education programme can only continue with the support of people like you.

Please support the future of Kenya’s conservation today!

We believe that, today’s generation holds the keys to future conservation of species in East Africa. Please help and support this work! Your donation will help to ensure that the next generation of conservationists continue to be educated, inspired and encouraged.

A donation from you today of just $35 towards our Wildlife Warrior Program could sponsor an entire school!

Get even closer to the action…

If you are staying at Afro Chic Diani and would like to see the Colobus Conservation team in action, please contact us and we can arrange your visit.

Diani Turtle Watch

Afro Chic Diani is working with local organisation Diani Turtle Watch to help provide a safe nesting site for turtles in Diani.

Sea turtles in Kenya face rampant poaching and loss of nesting areas, as well as natural predation from sharks and whales. These much-loved species are heavily threatened by commercial beach activity, as well as unmanaged and illegal developments on sea front and beach areas.

The artificial lights from such developments threaten turtle’s’ ability to nest, as they usually avoid bright lights when looking for a nesting site. Even worse, these types of lights disorientate newborn turtles, leading them towards land rather than to the sea. Once this happens, they will die, due to dehydration or attacks by predators.

To help protect Diani’s sea turtles before they hatch, Afro Chic has provided a section of beach high above sea level, with a 24-hour guard to protect the eggs from being stolen or damaged.

Volunteers, known as Turtle Watch Monitors, patrol the local beaches regularly. They are the first point of contact if anyone sees a turtle nest. The Monitors are trained to safely relocate turtle nests. And if they find an unsafe nest, they can move it to Afro Chic’s protected beach at any time.

Human-elephant Conflict Mitigation

Tarangire Treetops has been a key partner in the establishment of a Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation Program in the Randilen Wildlife Management Area of Tanzania.

Randilen covers 315km² of the north-eastern arc around Tarangire National Park. Elephants frequently leave Randilen and Tarangire National Park to raid crops grown in the villages north of Randilen. This risks not only the livelihoods of local farmers, but also the lives of the elephants themselves, as people often target them with spears to protect their crops. This often creates a negative attitude towards wildlife and conservation among the villagers hence the necessity for a Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation Program.

We support our local partner, Honey Guide Foundation, to run the Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation Program. The program focuses on reducing human-elephant conflict through methods of crop protection for local landowners. We are helping to provide a toolkit for farmers that deters elephants from raiding. This toolkit helps to scare off an elephant before it raids crops, preventing dangerous conflict between humans and elephants.

Be part of this great initiative!

You can help protect elephants today by buying a Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) Toolkit.

Each toolkit includes five key interventions to protect crops and reduce conflict:

  • LED High-Powered torch –  Visual Irritant
  • Fire horns – Auditory Irritant
  • Chili bomb (packets of chilli powder that burst on impact) – mild physical irritant (when chilli powder goes up the elephant’s trunk)
  • “Roman Candle” fireworks – auditory & visual irritant

The Land & Life Foundation together with Tarangire Treetops are proud supporters of the Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation Program.