Creating Income-Generating, Alternative Lifestyles through Eco-Tourism

The Ecolodge bandas or traditional Luhya-people grass and cow-dung houses are a vital aspect of KEEP’s efforts to improve conservation through creating alternative income-generating activities and employment opportunities for the local people from Isicheno and surrounding villages. Most people in this area are subsistence farming, and have struggled to find ways to make supplemental income...

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Promoting Conservation through Community Development

Six weeks ago, GVI Community Development Intern Kate Barry began talking to women working for KEEP about how they feel they contribute to the conservation of the forest. Women working for KEEP admitted that they did not know very much about conservation, because their main focus is putting food on the table for their families everyday. Although some women have found alternative income from the tree nursery, many still depended on gathering wood from the forest to make charcoal to sell at the market to account for their daily bread...

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Dolphins going the distance

After five years of studying dolphin populations, GVI researchers on the Kenyan Coast are beginning to unravel dolphin travel patterns and movement. Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus),

they found, might stay in the calmer, more sheltered waters in Southern Kenya, almost on the border with Tanzania for six months of the year, and then when the North-east monsoon winds start, at least some swim two-hundred kilometers over a span of only two days to reach the North Coast of Kenya...

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In the News

Kenya marine mammal network in the Nairobi Star (May 8th, 2012)

The Nairobi star pubilshed about the GVI backed Kenya Marine Mammal Network after an interview with the people behind the Watamu Marine Association, one of our partners

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Species Lists

Birds of Shimoni

An annotated checklist for the birds of Shimoni. We're keeping this list updated a much as possible.

Download the species list (last updated April 2012)

Species lists for mammals and reptiles

Other species lists are in progress

Presentations and Media

First Newsletter of the Kenya Marine Mammal Network

This newsletter is a combined effort of GVI, WMA and KASA. It is full of information but also contains amazing pictures collected by the KMMN along the Kenyan coast.
The Kenya Marine Mammal Network newsletter, Issue 1 (pdf) weblog

GVI Kenya keeps blogs on showing goings on, giving updates on research and conservation action and sometimes just giving an idea of what a day of volunteering with GVI looks like. Have a look at

The group associations and behaviour of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) off the coast of Zanzibar by Lucy Grable

Each year humpback whales travel down the East African coast, possibly to breed off the tip of Zanzibar Island as this poster might suggest. Yearly we have several individuals travelling right past our bases in Shimoni and Mkwiro, we take this opportunity to record all possible information on as many individuals as possible. Sharing this information and collaboration within the region is crucial to the understanding of migrations of Whales.

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