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Marine Mammal Research and Conservation

Project name:

Watamu Marine Association

Project purpose:

Dolphin, whale, dugong, marine mammal conservation

Project activities:

  • community awareness

  • data collection/analysis

  • scuba diving

  • teaching




average rating is 5 out of 5, based on 1 votes, Ratings


Weekly cost (approx USD):



Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • data/statistical skills

  • field research skills

  • report writing

  • remote scenic location

  • marketing/social media

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • development goals (supporting local community)

  • publishes work

  • publishes peer-reviewed science

Wild Sun Rescue Center


Accommodation is independent and self catering or all inclusive at partner marine research accommodation centre with marine and terrestrial scientists. All accommodation is based in the protected marine park of Watamu on the Kenya coast
Facilities include ensuite rooms or cottages with access to cooking facilities. All inclusive options include three Swahili style meals per day. WIFI in available at the offices and accommodation.

When does the project run?

all year, exact projects vary seasonally


accommodation independent, OPTIONAL food included, wifi.

How long can I stay?

1 month


Minimum age 18, University student or graduate or profesional volunteer. Independent and self-motivated individual.

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

To advance uderstanding of marine mammal species in our Kenyan water, through public participation and consistent research, developing ecotourism and economic potentials, and fostering conservation values for the mutual benefit of coastal communities and for the health of marine mammal populations.

Reviews & ratings



19 Dec 2021

An amazing project with amazing staff

average rating is 5 out of 5

I work as a travel agent, bringing volunteers to DAKTARI and other projects around the world. After helping a lot of volunteers fulfill their dreams of coming to South Africa, I managed to arrange 2 weeks to spend at the project. What a wonderful time I had starting with the staff who are so friendly and polite, the animals being taken care of as if they were family and the amazing food that was prepared catering to each of the volunteers individual needs. I can only say that if you are looking for an unique and quality experience involving a well thought out educational program and the preservation of native animal species, this is the one for you.


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage



19 Dec 2021

great experience

average rating is 4 out of 5

i had an enjoyable stay here in DAKTARI. be surrounded by wild animals is a chance and i also loved the teaching part of my stay


Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

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