ZANZIBAR CONSERVATION AREAS:
Zanzibar has a fair collection of unique and colourful flora and fauna. From rare monkeys to supposedly extinct Leopards and interesting birdlife. Endemic species that frequent the island’s forests include the hadada, the African Goshawk, the palm-nut vulture, Scops owl, the malachite kingfisher, the Pemba white-eye and the colourful Fischer’s Turaco.
THE JOZANI FOREST RESERVE
The Jozani Forest is located in the central east region of Zanzibar Island is the home of rare Red Colobus Monkey, which is only endemic to Zanzibar. A red colobus monkey, unlike their more widespread and adapted cousins, the Black and White Colobus, are a rain forest species which are now confined to very small areas of equatorial forest in tropical Africa. It is therefore a rare treat to be able to see them here in Zanzibar. The reserve also accommodate a large mangrove swamp and a tract of natural forest that is home to a few unique species including the Sykes monkey, bush babies, duikers, hyraxes, over 50 species of butterfly and 40 species of birds.
THE NGEZI FOREST RESERVE
Located in Southern of Pemba Island. This equatorial forest reserve, containing rare trees, some not found anywhere else in the world. The wildlife includes indigenous flying foxes, blue duikers and several varieties of owl.
THE KIWENGWA/PONGWE FOREST RESERVE
Located in the north east coast of Unguja just a walking distance from the beaches. The reserve provides an excellent memory to visitors. In this reserve you can really proof Zanzibar as Exotic Island. The forest has a high biodiversity of plant, invertebrate and bird species. Different species of mangroves can be found in this forest. It is the stop over destination for botanic and forest tourists.
THE KIDIKE ROOT SITE
Located in central region of Pemba just few kilometers from Chake Chake. It is the ideal place to discover the endangered Pemba flying Fox, endemic to the Island. Kidike Root Site provide a natural habitat for a large number of other animals (other than the Pemba Flying Foxes) including Vervet Monkies, Mozambique Cobras, Tortoises, Bush Crabs, Red eyed Doves, Mangrove King Fishers and many others.
This is a small nature reserve and field study center set under the shade of a variety trees, including orange, lime and grapefruit, nutmeg and banana, Ginger, chilies, black pepper and cinnamon are all grown here too. The captive animal exhibits include Tree Hyraxes and a variety of reptiles, such as Green Tree Snakes, Mambas and some big Pythons. Chameleons, Geckos, Tortoises, Striped Lizards and Monitor Lizards are included amongst the legged reptiles. The Park is approximately 5km southern from Jozani Reserve.