As part of our commitment to responsible tourism, we are proud to support Watamu Turtle Watch. This grassroots charity was formed in 1997 to protect sea turtles around the Watamu-Malindi Marine Park – one of Kenya’s most important marine turtle nesting areas and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Watamu Turtle Watch’s activities focus around protecting turtle nests and tagging and releasing turtles caught in fishermen’s nets. Around 40 nests per year are found along Watamu and Malindi beaches and all nesting turtles encountered are tagged and biometric data collected by WTW staff and volunteers. Local fishermen are also encouraged to release rather than slaughter turtles that get accidentally caught in their fishing nets and a total of 5 700 turtles have been released since the programme started. A rehabilitation facility has also been set up where sick turtles can be cared for before being released back into the wild – the only centre of its kind in East Africa.
Pulse Africa contributes $15 from each client booking to Watamu Turtle Watch, which is sufficient to sponsor the monitoring and protection of one turtle. In this way, together with our clients, we are proud to be doing our bit to protect the future of these endangered sea creatures who have lived along Africa’s coastlines for a 100 million years.
Main objective: In an effort to fight the war against rhino poaching, Rhino Art involves local communities that are at times the silent witnesses to the slaughter. They increase conservation awareness amongst the youth and cultivate a next generation of wildlife ‘ambassadors’ who will have a vested interest in the protection of rhino and other endangered species.
The ‘Let the children’s voices be heard’ project’s aim is to gather the largest number of children’s ‘Art Voices’ ever recorded in support of Rhino Protection and to use these ‘Hearts and Minds’ messages from the children of Africa, as a worldwide call to action against Rhino poaching.
Project overview: The war against rhino poaching cannot be won if we don’t involve the communities living alongside the reserves. We need to be conscious of their concerns, include and assist the communities. By recording the Rhino Art conservation messages we gain an understanding of what is in the hearts and minds of the children.
We are able to identify specific themes communicated as a result of the art and in some cases gain ‘intelligence’ with regards to poaching syndicates. African children have a real voice that can be used to strengthen relationships with government bodies and mobilise politicians and authorities to listen.
The activities at the schools are designed to be informative, fun and rewarding with children also participating in a soccer game and winning prizes.
“Rhino have a particularly plaintive cry… The screams of agony from rhino that have had their horns chopped off while still alive should reach out into the hearts of all of us – “Ian Player”- Extract from Killing for Profit by Julian Rademeyer.