One of my many, many highlights from Tanzania was spending a day walking with rescued monkeys. Who doesn’t love a monkey? They’re cheeky, they’re cute and they’re incredibly clever.
But they are also some of the many species at great risk in not only Africa, but most parts of the world.
Monkeying around on Mt Kilimanjaro
Kilimanjaro Animal CREW is part of Makoa Farm, a gorgeous lodge located on the southern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, and their main aim is to educate people about animal conservation.
A large part of the farm looks after injured and orphaned animals, providing a safe haven for a variety of different species. At a time where Tanzania’s amazing wildlife continues to be destroyed by human intervention, their work couldn’t be more important.
About a year ago I visited the farm, which is a great day trip for all you animal lovers out there. You not only get to go on a hike with the monkeys who freely follow along, you also get to meet some of the other residents of the farm including a three-legged serval cat, a duiker, bush pigs and a rather bad-tempered marabou stork (to name but a few!).
However the star of the farm has to be Matze, an adorable baboon who was sadly found orphaned near Lake Chala. He certainly is a character who loves to be fussed!
Working towards a brighter future
Throughout the day, I was continuously blown away by their level of commitment to preserving what makes Tanzania so special. The site itself is beautifully maintained and is surrounded by a spectacular rainforest habitat making it the perfect environment for the many animals they look after at the farm.
But what makes their work so special, is their drive to educate the locals too. They have an open house policy where local children can come at any time and be shown around the farm, giving them the opportunity to learn about an issue that they may not necessarily get the chance to learn about in school. By educating children at a young age, they are helping future generations understand the importance of conservation and that we all have a responsibility to try and protect our environment.
Here’s a little snapshot of what we got up to on the farm…
If you find yourself in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania, this educational trip is definitely worth looking into. For further information, head over to their website.
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