Rubondo Island is Africa’s largest island national park. Located in the southwest corner of Lake Victoria in Tanzania, the islands spans 25,000-hectares. Widely recognized as a critical breeding ground for both migratory birds and fish species (including the iconic Nile perch), Rubondo Island was a forest reserve during German colonial times. In 1965 it became a game reserve and in 1977 gained its current formal protection as a national park . Relatively untouched, the island is primarily covered by pristine indigenous sub-tropical forest, which offers a variety of habitats that enable a range of wildlife to survive and thrive. Today, the island is home to roaming elephants, families of chimpanzees, spotted necked otters, genet cats, velvet monkeys, Nile crocodiles, giraffes, hippos, a variety of migratory birds and more. Unfortunately, pressures on the island are mounting, leaving the future of the ecosystem and wildlife that depend on it vulnerable. Poaching and deforestation by neighboring communities has risen, due to a lack of economic opportunities in the area, fragmented governance and limited awareness. Improving prospects and countering these trends is critical and demands immediate action through an integrated effort. We invite you to donate today to help ensure the future of Rubondo Island.
Asilia Giving - Projects IN RUBONDO ISLAND
OTHER AREAS WE SUPPORT
We take an area approach towards improving livelihoods and protecting nature in some of the most unique corners of Africa. The areas we support include 6 uniique geographic regions across East Africa — the Greater Mara, the Serengeti, Tarangire, Rubondo Island, Matemwe, and Ruaha. In each of these areas, we engage with local communities, authorities and partner organizations to support projects and initiatives that address some of the key long-term challenges, priorities and measures for a given area.
Asilia believes that tourism should make a lasting positive impact on both nature and people. Proviging area support to local communities and the environment is an integral part of Asilia's identity and vision. Asilia maintains multi-year relationships with local communities, provides concrete educational support to 16 primary schools and offers funding to carnivore conservation and research throughout East Africa. Collaborating with partners on the ground, Asilia's goal is to make a real difference.