This blog is reserved to the Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond volunteers. We will post their impressions and thoughts in this section, along with a selection of their pictures.
written by Amy Attwood from Australia
My name is Amy Attwood and I am from Australia. I am currently volunteering at the Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond.
Over the last 2 months that I have been working at the turtle sanctuary I have had such a fantastic experience. The team there have been very welcoming and have helped me to learn more about this amazing reptile and its conservation programme in Zanzibar.
The foundation is well respected throughout the local community and I believe the education to the local people and the fisherman is positive and is helping the conservation of the turtles.
written by Anika Totzauer from Germany
… with the sea turtles.
Hi, I’m Anika from Germany. My boyfriend and I spent one week (September 3-10, 2012) at the Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond in Nungwi during our stay in Zanzibar.
First to say: It was really amazing. We arrived here – overwhelmed by the fantastic view, our accommodation close to the beautiful beach and the friendly people around here. And not to forget the delicious food we have been offered. Besides living in “paradise” it was fun working at the Aquarium. We helped cleaning the Aquarium every day at 8 o’clock - that means changing the water for the little baby turtles and the small hatchlings, cleaning them and of course also the tanks. …
written by Lucas Ende from Germany
October – spring or fall?
Hello again, friends and followers,
Here some updates to what has happened during the last few weeks. Just a day after I wrote my first blog entry for this website new guests arrived at our station. Only this time they were neither engaged volunteers nor injured sea turtles. Locals from Nungwi left four little kittens at Mnarani Station during the night. Probably because they know we take good care of animals here. When they arrived, they seemed quite weak but after a couple of days well fed with milk, rice and fish, they now ramble all over this place.
written by Lucas Ende from Germany
September 27 update from a new member Mambo rafiki yetu
My name is Lucas and I am one of the new volunteers at the Mnarani Turtle Conservation Pond. I am from Germany and finished my Bachelor of Science in Biology this summer. Now I will be staying here in Nungwi for the next eight month to help and support this project in every way I can. In this context I’ll also be publishing a blog every two weeks to keep you updated to what goes on in our station.
I arrived here 3 weeks ago, so it is best to start with what happened since. As you might have read in previous articles of other volunteers, our daily work includes cleaning the tanks of the juvenile turtles in the morning and guiding tourist tours during the day. …
Pictures of the regular daily activity at the centre: beach cleanup involving the local community and raising awareness about the importance for the wildlife wellbeing, fisheries and tourism of keeping the environment clean, replacing the tank's water with fresh and clean water, etc
Some pictures from our daily actives at the center: collecting seaweed and feeding the Green Turtles in the big pond, cleaning the tanks for the baby turtle and refill the tanks with clear water, regular beach cleanups involving the local community, etc...
Photos of study visit by the local students from a school in Zanzibar and the collection of seaweed to feed the Turtles...
Some photographs taken by Aurélie Pierre during her volunteering experience…
Name: Aurélie Wacharo Pierre
Origin: Charleville-Mézières in France
Age: 28 years old
Occupation: Teacher in French School
The Marine Turtle Conservation Pond site (open to tourists) allows the conservation of marine turtles in a natural lagoon. They are protected from the many dangers (pollution, predators, men, etc) they are facing every day. Once a year, turtles who have reached maturity are released in the ocean. Moreover, this centre employs twenty people from the local community et educates the population about the conservation of marine turtles.
The experience has really been interesting. …
Some photographs taken by Katrin Jarosczinsky during her volunteering experience…
Name: Katrin Jarosczinsky (29)
Origin: Dortmund, Germany
Volunteer period: February 2 to March 4, 2012
Ich heisse Katrin, bin 29 Jahre alt und arbeite fuer einen Monat in Nungwi, Marine Turtle Conservation Pond.
Nach meiner Ausbildung als Sonderpaedagogin entschied ich mich, fuer einen Monat als Volunteer zu arbeiten und dabei aktiv im Naturschutz mitzuwirken. Die Wahl des Aquariums war dabei genau die richtige.
Die Arbeit hier macht mir sehr viel Spass. Morgens reinigen wir das Aquarium und die Lagunen, sammeln Seegras und fuettern die Schildkroeten. Danach staerken wir uns mit einem leckeren Fruehstueck, dass eigens fuer uns Volunteers von den Koechen frisch zubereitet wird und warten anschliessend auf die Touristen. …
The biggest Beach Cleanup on February 19, 2012 before the Turtle Release Day
Yet another historical event in our common mission to protect and ressurrect the declining number of sea turtles. These amazing animals are exposed to alot of danger in their daily lives, not only in the sea but also out of sea. The presence of marine debris, coupled with its physical man-made objects that enter the sea pose a great danger to sea turtles because if they consume it they get injured or die, as a result, good cleaning and disposal of litter in an environmentally friendly way is crucial. On this day February 19, 2012 was characterised with beach cleaning.…
Name: Eva WENDORFF (19)
Origin: Goslar, Germany
Volunteer period: November 30, 2011 to February 23, 2012
Ich heisse Eva, bin 19 Jahre alt und mittlerweile seit ueber 2 Monaten in Nungwi, wo ich insgesamt fuer 3 Monate arbeite. Hier her zu kommen war definitiv die richtige Entscheidung, alle haben mich hier herzlich empfangen und sind immer hilfsbereit und freundlich.
Die Arbeit mit den Schildkroeten ist super, da es wirklich unglaublich schoene und faszinierende Tiere sind. Im wesentlichen besteht meine Arbeit darin Touristen rumzufuehren, wodurch ich schon viele Menschen aus der ganzen Welt kennen gelernt habe und ansonsten noch Algen sammeln, die Schildkroeten fuettern, usw.
Name: Katharina BUERKI (45)
Origin: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Volunteer period: January 22 to February 5, 2012
Mein Name ist Katharina Buerki. Mein Zuhause ist im schoenen Schaffhausen in der Schweiz. Ich bin 45 Jahre alt. Waehrend zwei Wochen war ich Volunteer in Nungwi auf Zanzibar. Meine Aufgaben bestanden darin, am Morgen jeweils die Lagune zu reinigen. Spaeter holten wir Algen fuer die Meeresschildkroeten. Die Touristen haben eine Menge Spass, sie zu fuettern.
Mein Aufenthalt hier in Nungwi war ein Riesenerlebnis. Ich wurde sehr herzlich empfangen von der ganzen Crew. Auch die Zusammenarbeit war erfolgreich. …