Our Ocean Conservation Legacy

Ocean conservation represented by a giant sea turtle illustration with the island & a solar station on its back

Our Legacy​

OCEAN CONSERVATION AT ILHA DO FOGO & BEYOND

Earth Legacy Foundation; a crusade that started with a tiny island in the Indian Ocean. An island that was destined to become a luxury resort, inspired the vision to foster ocean conservation in the communities, and beyond. Ilha do Fogo is a breathtaking, remote island, within Primeiras e Segundas Environmental Protection Area, in Mozambique. This EPA is Africa’s largest coastal marine reserve, and home to incredibly diverse fauna and flora, including endangered turtles.

When Ilha do Fogo was purchased over a decade ago, the team discovered that it was ravaged by poachers, and sadly, the critically endangered hawksbill and endangered green turtles were the main victims of the poaching. The dream to build a resort was quickly replaced by a desire to protect these imperilled species, and Earth Legacy Foundation was born.

The island is an essential turtle nesting site, and we founded a turtle monitoring program, to help ensure their nesting process is unimpeded. The project aims to empower locals with the knowledge to understand the conservation issues, and the skills to carry out the monitoring and tagging of these animals. This is one of many projects we are working on to empower local communities, while providing an alternative income opportunity to poaching.

Now, our focus has grown far beyond Ilha do Fogo and sea turtles. We partner with a variety of organisations to collaborate on community and conservation efforts across Southern Africa. These include educational workshops, plastic pollution events, biodiversity studies, and women’s empowerment.

Check out our campaigns page and find out more about our ocean conservation efforts, or find inspiration on how you can help the environment.

Our Campaigns
Ocean conservation represented by a giant sea turtle illustration with the island & a solar station on its back

Our Legacy​

ABOUT ILHA DO FOGO

Earth Legacy Foundation; a crusade that started with a tiny island in the Indian Ocean. An island that was destined to become a luxury resort, inspired the vision to foster conservation in the communities, and beyond. Ilha do Fogo is a breathtaking, remote island, within Primeiras e Segundas Environmental Protection Area, in Mozambique. This EPA is Africa’s largest coastal marine reserve, and home to incredibly diverse fauna and flora, including endangered turtles.

When Ilha do Fogo was purchased over a decade ago, the team discovered that it was ravaged by poachers, and sadly, the critically endangered hawksbill and endangered green turtles were the main victims of the poaching. The dream to build a resort was quickly replaced by a desire to protect these imperilled species, and Earth Legacy Foundation was born.

The island is an essential turtle nesting site, and we founded a turtle monitoring program, to help ensure their nesting process is unimpeded. The project aims to empower locals with the knowledge to understand the conservation issues, and the skills to carry out the monitoring and tagging of these animals. This is one of many projects we are working on to empower local communities, while providing an alternative income opportunity to poaching.

Now, our focus has grown far beyond Ilha do Fogo and sea turtles. We partner with a variety of organisations to collaborate on community and conservation efforts across Southern Africa. These include educational workshops, plastic pollution events, biodiversity studies, and women’s empowerment.

Check out our campaigns page and find out more about our conservation efforts, or find inspiration on how you can help the environment.

Our Campaigns

What we offer

Community Projects

Community Projects

Through a variety of community enrichment initiatives, we aim to achieve sustainable economic growth in impoverished communities.

Our Campaigns

Community Projects

Ecotourism

Unfound Africa’s accommodations are located in beautiful, nature-abundant areas. All properties make a conscious effort for sustainable tourism.

 

Our Properties

Community Projects

Researcher package

Ilha do Fogo boasts highly abundant marine biodiversity, unexplored coral reefs and mangroves, and an ideal base camp for researchers.

 

Researchers Trip