Successful Turtle Release at Matemwe, Zanzibar
We have some exciting conservation news to share from the team at Matemwe, Zanzibar. Together with the Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond they organized another successful release of turtles. Just look how happy that little guy looks!
We support the Mnarani Marine Turtles Conservation Pond in rehabilitating and releasing turtles that have been caught in fishing nets as well as in hatching and releasing over 1000 baby turtles. With the help of this project we together need to protect and safely release turtles into the sea upon hatching.
About the project
The Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond is a community based NGO established in 1993 as an effort to conserve the population of sea turtles native to Zanzibar island. The Stone Town based Eco & Culture Tours NGO was the initiator of this project, and empowered the local villagers to take this conservation initiative into their own hands. Hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) have traditionally been hunted around Zanzibar for their attractive shells, and Green turtles (Chelonia mydas) for their meat.
How you can support
When you are travelling to Matemwe, Zanzibar please let us know if you are interested to find out more about our conservation projects and how you can support. We invite you to come and visit the turtle nesting areas, and explain more about our conservation efforts.
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