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Simon Reeve witnessed the work of a large number of organisations on his travels around the edge of the Indian Ocean. Here are details of some of them.

South Africa

Simon began his journey at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.

Getting Penguins Back on their Feet

The African penguin is struggling to survive. Scientists believe they are going hungry because of falling fish stocks. Simon joined the South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds as they caught underweight young chicks to give them intensive feeding.

Find out more about the work of SANCCOB

Mozambique

In Mozambique, Simon Reeve explored a ruined hotel which was once considered the grandest in Africa, and mets fishermen who catch and 'fin' sharks.

Conserving the Ocean's Fish

In Mozambique, Simon met conservationist Carlos Macuacua, who educates local people about conserving the fish of the Indian Ocean.

Find out more on the Bitonga Divers site

Kenya

Simon headed up the coast of Kenya, finding beautiful wildlife habitats but the constant threat of pollution.

Bird Life in the Tana River Delta

The delta is a refuge for more than 350 species of birds. The RSPB believes the site is of global importance – but developers want to plant sugar cane across the habitat, to make biofuel.

Find out more about the RSPB’s work in the Tana River Delta

Madagascar

Simon found Madagascar not to be the lush island paradise often depicted.

Deforestation

On Simon’s visit to Madagascar he noticed how little of the island was covered in forest. His guide, Charlie Gardner, scientific advisor for the World Wide Fund for Nature, explains why he feels deforestation is such a threat to the island’s ecosystem. Charlie Gardner’s WWF blog post

Conservationists Talk Contraception

Simon saw the work of marine conservation organisation Blue Ventures, who also work with local communities to educate them about family planning and contraception.

Find out more on the Blue Ventures site

Somaliland

After travelling through dangerous Somalia, Simon reaches the breakaway terriroty of Somaliland.

Support for Young Men

Simon joined an old friend, Fatima Ibrahim from south Wales, to learn about her project which offers support and education to young men who might otherwise be tempted to join the militias. It is run by a non-governmental group called The Office for Development & Humanitarian Affairs.

More about the Fatima’s organisation in Somaliland

Maldives

In the island nation of the Maldives, Simon swam with the giant-winged Manta rays, and visited an enormous rubbish dump.

Restoring Coral Habitats

Simon visited a project to help regenerate coral reefs. A relatively small rise in ocean temperature causes coral to lose their pigmentation and they can eventually die. Conservationists are trying to replace the lost coral by growing it on underwater frames.

Go to the Reefscapers site, to see how coral habitats are being restored

Sri Lanka

In Sri Lanka, Simon met some orphaned elephants, and found out about the lasting human cost of civil war.

Makeshift School

Save the Children showed Simon to a makeshift school in Sri Lanka. The young pupils are warned daily of the dangers of landmines, after many years of conflict.

More about the work of Save the Children

Elephant Rescue

Simon visited a home in Sri Lanka for orphaned elephants. The animals are given food and medicine until they’re ready to be released back into the wild.

More about the Elephant Transit Home, on the Born Free Foundation site

India

Simon found environmental threats along India's Bay of Bengal coast.

Olive Ridley Turtles

Thousands of turtles are getting snared in the nets of trawlers off the coast of Orissa, India. Simon met a group of locals trying to thwart the fishing vessels, using large concrete blocks.

More about the World Turtle Trust's Rushikulya Rookery Turtle Project

Indonesia

Simon's journey took him next to Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous nation.

Saving the Slow Loris

In the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, Simon investigates the shocking trade in exotic pets and encounters the group attempting to save one of the country's most bizarre species, the slow loris.

More details on the International Animal Rescue site

Australia

Australia was the last of 16 countries in Simon's journey.

Fish and Crocodiles

Australia is the site of one of the world's greatest and most unspoilt wildernesses, the Kimberley. On a Barramundi fish farm, Simon mets a real life crocodile hunter, and ends up hauling a three metre crocodile onto the boat.

Visit the Malcolm Douglas Broom Crocodile Park site