Marine mammals, turtles and wildlife of Comoros Islands conservation

Project name:

Moidjio CRCAD (Centre for Research, Conservation And Development)

Project purpose:

To Study and conserve the marine mammals, marine turtles and wildlife of Comoros Islands.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • teaching

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

380

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • gain a qualification and/or credit

  • remote scenic location

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Campsite / tent

When does the project run?

August to October

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, cooking facilities, electricity, local shops, refillable drinking water, bucket shower, cold shower, drop toilet and wifi. We live in a real simple way in total harmony with nature.

How long can I stay?

minimum 2 weeks

Requirements:

  • Good spirit

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

This is a unique experience in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Comoros are biodiversity and culturally unique. Comoros are a hotspot for marine mammals, maybe one of the best in the world with a great diversity of animals and great numbers. We are studying marine life in order to best advise community and government for the sustainable development of Comoros. We have discovered new species for the area and we are pushing more and more our limits of study to discover more. A life changing experience, working along some of the best marine mammals specialists. come and visit but be open to different cultures as you will be completely submerged in Comoros life.


Conservation :
Protect nesting site for marine turtles of Comoros.
Restoration of Mangroves and coastal zones.
Trees plantation against erosion and for lemurs feed.
Creation of observation charts for wild animals.
law making advices

Research:
Inventory of the C2 stock of humpback whales, acoustic and behavioural studies.
Inventory of dolphins populations
Inventory of nesting sea-turtles, feeding behaviour.
Mapping, Health check and composition of sea-grass meadows, mangroves and coral reefs.
Study of sea and terrestrial birds (identification, numbers evaluation, nesting grounds)
Study of lemurs population (numbering, social and feeding behaviour)
study of Livingston bats population (Roosting trees, numbering)

Education:
English courses to schools and community membres.
Sustainable Environment courses to villagers.
Caring for Comorian students and help them in creating projects within Comoros.

Reviews & ratings

Adriano

Volunteer

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday

Corinne

Intern

It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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