Friday
Apr202018

Teaching the kids one last  time

I loved helping and teaching kids because it does make a difference and I’m proud to assist them in their education. The last day of teaching was sad but we finished on a high.

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Friday
Apr202018

Monthly Surveys With  MIMP

It has been a privilege this week to accompany staff from the Mafia Island Marine Park (MIMP) on their monthly monitoring surveys on the status and health of the coral reefs within MIMP. They use permanent transects (marked by buoys weighed down with small concrete blocks) and reel out a 40m rope in the same direction every time.

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Monday
Mar192018

Plastic Pollution – Whose  Responsibility?

Having done several beach cleans now in various parts of the world, it is a mixture of depressing and satisfying every time. It is sad to see so much and know that there’s so much more out there, but feels good to know that what you collected is no longer in the ocean, even if it’s only a small amount, because you took it out.

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Monday
Mar122018

Island  Hippos

When I was first told that there were hippos on the island, I thought they were pulling my leg. It’s not that big an island (about 50km long and 15km wide) and there seemed to be no other large animals that I’d heard about, even though this is Africa. They also told me there was a guy who looks after them and they come when he whistles! Which added to me not believing them.

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Thursday
Mar082018

Chole Island's Bat  Colony

One of the amazing creatures you can find around Mafia Island is the fruit bat. They eat all kinds of fruit, and fortunately aren’t considered too much of a pest in the local area.

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Monday
Feb122018

Meeting  Mafia

After almost 100 hours of travelling which included four countries, two cancelled flights and an unexpected two-day stop in Addis Ababa, I’d already had my fair share of adventure before even setting foot on Mafia Island.

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