Tetepare Island is the largest uninhabited island in the South Pacific featuring pristine lowland rainforest and a rich inshore marine habitat. Many of the surrounding islands have lost huge areas of rainforest to clear space for palm oil plantations and Tetepare was threatened with a similar fate. To protect Tetepare the entire island has been set aside by the Tetepare Decendants’ Association (TDA) for conservation, including the establishment of a Marine Protected Area.
A number of initiatives have been set up to help conserve this special place including research and conservation activities undertaken by local rangers and a conservation team, a small scale eco-tourism endeavour and a program to provide local children with education scholarships as incentive payments for the continued protection of the island. Zoos SA has teamed up with the TDA to support the education scholarship program.
Our partners include the Tetepare Descendants’ Association and Ecohorizons.