The primary objective of the Zanzibar Birdwatching Society (ZABISO) is the involvement of the local community and, the conservation of wild birds and their habitats in Zanzibar. To fulfil this objective, we undertake a wide variety of work:

  • Research and Surveys
  • Education
  • Site Protection and Land Management
  • Lobbying and Advocacy
  • Birding trips to generate income for the above (starting Q2, 2024)

Located along the East African Flyway, Zanzibar is a critical area for migrating and wintering bird species in addition to a large diversity of resident birds throughout the year including four endemic species. In our winter several Intra-African migrants reside on Zanzibar. Zanzibar has been designated five of East Africa’s Important Bird Areas (IBA’s), which are critical for bird conservation.

Crab Plover: Global population estimated at 43,000 birds (Rose & Scott 1997). The estimate for Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, therefore means that the islands hold 20% of the global population of this species.