AQUARIUMS TOUR

AQUARIUMS TOUR

Traditionally Zanzibar’s turtles have been hunted for their meat but in 1993, with the encouragement of conservationists, the villagers of Nungwi opened this sanctuary in a natural tidal pool near the lighthouse. Now fishermen who end up with a turtle in their net are paid a small fee to bring them here, while nests on Nungwi beaches are monitored and protected. A logbook is kept and every year hatchlings are released into the sea in February. Proceeds from the entrance fees are reinvested into the scheme and the village, hopefully demonstrating the benefits of turtle conservation. On weekends, children from schools in Matemwe, Kiwengwa and Uroa (where turtles are still hunted) are brought to the aquarium as part of an outreach program. Aquarium in Nungwi is home to resident sea turtiles and a variety of fish. The aquarium itself is a natural formation carved out from the coral bedrock by the erosion of millions of waves crashing against the shore. The depth of the water rises and falls with the tides providing a natural environment for its inhabitants