We were all green with envy when little Sandy Ricks was sent off to spend the summer in Florida with his uncle and formed an unforgettable friendship with his dolphin pal “Flipper.” We’re all familiar with the ‘90s movie classic and this project is your chance to live your own unforgettable dolphin adventure… in the real world!
This Marine Conservation and Dolphin Research project is based in the Menai Bay Conservation Area in Zanzibar. Menai Bay is Zanzibar’s largest marine protected area. It was officially established as a conservation area in 1997 and is home to a vivid array of marine creatures including whales, bottlenose and humpback dolphins. As you can imagine the area is hugely popular with tourists from all over the world, which is great for the local economy but does have an impact on local marine life.
Tourists are taken out in fishing boats with the promise of being able to get up-close and personal with dolphins, and they often eagerly jump into the water to swim with them. Dolphins are naturally inquisitive creatures and are very friendly, but they can sometimes be surrounded by 20+ boats all chasing after them to give the tourists the best experience. This can cause immense stress and anxiety to the local dolphin population, especially if they happen to be feeding or nursing their young.
Through participation in this project, you’ll help collect data for research studies, assist the community in developing sustainable tourism and lend a hand with beach clean ups, tree planting and more.
- Project Activities: Beach conservation, dolphin research, data collection, local conservation education programs, tree planting and more. A guest lecture by Dr Narriman and / or one of her colleagues from Zanzibar State University on one of the following topics will be conducted: Fisheries Planning & Management, Fish Biology, Aquaculture, Impact of Dolphin Tourism in Zanzibar, Coral Reef Conservation and Coastal Community Development.
- Project Availability: Projects start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. The project closes over the Christmas period.
- Project Duration: 2-8 weeks
- Working Hours: Monday-Friday, 6am-5pm
- Location: Zanzibar, Tanzania
- Excursions: If you would like to participate in any excursions or cultural activities (at own expense), these should be undertaken outside of working hours, likely before or after your program dates. Our on-site staff can assist in providing advice.
- Support: 24-hour on-site support from our Site Coordinator, Project Leaders and Continent Site Director (in Cape Town)
- Police check is required
- Minimum Age: 18+
- Language: English