Rocha Kenya (ARK) is committed to environmental action through community based
conservation projects. Based in Watamu, a village in the Kenyan coastal county
of Kilifi near Malindi, we operate our conservation programmes out of a
residential centre, Mwamba.
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Kilifi County is home to some of the richest and most diverse habitats in the
whole of Kenya - considered internationally important for bird and marine
Despite the richness and diversity of local habitats in this area, an
exploding population and desperately high levels of poverty are putting a huge
strain on the delicate relationship between the local people and the surrounding
By working with the local communities, A Rocha Kenya aims to achieve the
long-term conservation of threatened habitats and species in the Malindi-Watamu
area. ARK was formally established in 1999 and opened the Mwamba Field Study
Centre in Watamu in 2002.
A Rocha Kenya’s work focuses on four main areas:
Training local school teachers to coordinate and oversee educational
environmental care activities.
The ASSETS scheme uses money generated from eco-tourism to provide secondary
school “eco-bursaries” and nature conservation.
Field Study Centre
Our centre has comfortable accommodation for anyone wanting a beach and
wildlife-oriented holiday but especially birders & researchers. We also
welcome small groups for workshops and seminars.
Research & Monitoring
ARK's scientific programme studies avian, marine and other fauna and flora and
aims to better understand endangered species and threatened habitats and thereby
help to protect them.
Spend Your Holiday at Mwamba
Our centre, Mwamba, in Watamu provides delightful accommodation for visitors
on the beach. Part of the proceeds from this facility go to fund our other
programmes. For more details, click here.
National Office in Nairobi
We also have a Nairobi office that is located in our forested property called
'Karara' just beyond the Karen shopping centre on the Ngong road where we are
starting to carry out environmental education activities, have an indigenous
tree nursery and Farming God's Way demonstration - as well as have it as our
Paradise beneath the waves
Enjoy the glorious underwater world of Watamu Marine National Park. ‘Paradise
beneath the waves’ was filmed by Tim Gordon, a volunteer with A Rocha Kenya’s
marine research team. The team, led by Dr Robert Sluka and Benjamin Cowburn, is
currently focusing their efforts on cataloguing and assessing threats to marine
wildlife in the park, as well as developing resources towards a Christian
understanding of marine conservation and research. Come visit the park for a
holiday, staying at our field study centre Mwamba or apply to join our research
team for short or long term work.
Watch this video…
New Sokoke Scops Owl Reserve in Dakatcha
generous funding from the Bob Scott Appeal, A Rocha Kenya is securing an intiail
220 acres of Cynometra forest in Dakatcha to protect the Endangered
Sokoke Scops Owl. More information will be posted on our
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