Dolphin and Marine Conservation in Tanzania
Volunteer in Tanzania on a fabulous Dolphin and Marine Conservation project based on the island of Zanzibar and help to preserve the habitats of amazing species by monitoring tourist and human interaction. Located in Menai Bay, home to numerous sea creatures, including bottlenose and humpback dolphins and whales, the area is popular with tourists from all over the world. However, tourists go out in fishing boats to see these dolphins, and often jump into the water to swim with them and although friendly, the dolphins can sometimes be surrounded by up to 20 boats chasing after them, and this can cause them stress, particularly when they are feeding or nursing.
The main aim of the project is to ensure that there is sustainable dolphin tourism in the area, as it brings a good source of income to the local inhabitants but it is essential to ensure that the sea life is not put at risk. Additional project scope includes working with the local community helping with conservation work such as tree planting, beach cleaning and working with local guides. The project also runs a resource centre which aims to educate locals and tourists about marine life. Data that is collected is fed into research studies which will help the government to determine how to regulate dolphin and tourist interaction in the long term, ultimately protecting this amazing species.
As a volunteer you may be involved in the following activities:
Monitoring dolphin behavior; feeding, daily habits, reaction to humans, taking photos etc.
Monitoring tourist numbers (to get daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal figures);
Monitoring tourist-dolphin interaction;
Research and monitoring of whales during whale season (June to September);
Research and monitoring of other specific types of fish;
Research on coastal activities such as bivalve collection, coconut husk burying and rope making and seaweed farming.
Assisting research students with their research;
Teaching English and other potential languages to the local tour guides;
Helping develop and maintain a local resource centre
The project needs will vary from time to time and volunteers tasks and activities will change accordingly, giving you a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight into several aspects of marine conservation.
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