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Dolphins

If you would like to see or swim with Dolphins, there are large populations found around the South Coast.

Diving and snorkeling boats on day trips to Wasini Islands or Dive sites often encounter dolphins along the way. These are bottlenose dolphins, and they are often seen in large family groups. The dolphins usually follow and feed on schools of fish.

They will often follow passing boats and swim into the breaking bow wave, using the slipstream created to coast along the side of the boat. This playful behaviour is very common among dolphins, who seem to take great pleasure in streaming from side to side of the bow, often breaking water and leaping into the air of the boat.

Dolphins are also known to join divers and snorkellers, and to surround and swim with people. This magical experience is a common occurrence on day trips in this area.

Bird Watching

The South Coast is a perfect destination for coastal birding. The forest at Diani is a refuge for Fischer’s Turaco, Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Little Yellow Flycatcher and the Uluguru Violet Backed Sunbird. Nearby Dzombo Hill is home to a Digo Kaya (see Cultural Safari) and is also home for the rare Sokoke Pipit, the African Crowned eagle and around 33 other forest dependent species.

Offshore, the Kisite-Mpunguti Marine Park has an important population of rare Roseate Terns, among other pelagic birds, centred on Kisite Island.

Monkey Rescue

The Jadini- Diani forest region is a refuge for the highly endangered Black and White Colobus Monkey. Both the Angolan and more common Guereza sub species are present here. A local group The Wakaluzu Trust is devoted to the conservation of these rare primates and their habitat.

The colobus and other primates of this area, including vervet monkeys and baboons are threatened both by traffic on the main coastal road, and by hand feeding by tourists which encourages anti-social and unnatural behaviour. The Wakaluzu Trust works builds aerial bridges across the roads to prevent traffic casualties, and work to educate tourists against feeding monkeys. They also have a program to sterilize male baboons to prevent over population problems that threaten the local eco-system.

They have set up a centre called Colobus Cottage at Diani that is base for their operations and provides information on local wildlife. It is possible to arrange to stay here and assist with this important work.
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