Vamizi Island has the largest recorded population of green turtles in Mozambique, managed by one of the longest standing turtle monitoring programs in East Africa. With a dedicated Conservation Team, the beaches are patrolled daily to monitor and record new turtle activity.
The nesting season is between December and July, typically peaking in March and June. When a nesting turtle is sighted, a small team of Conservation Monitors record data and tag the turtle with a unique number that will allow her movements to be tracked. Once the eggs have been laid the turtle will leave her nest and not return. After an incubation period of between 50 and 60 days (depending on the temperature) the hatchlings will emerge, often at night, and make their way to the sea.
When the Conservation Monitors find a recently evacuated nest they search for any remaining hatchlings, which are then released into the ocean on their onward journey.