The nocturnal hyrax of the Zanzibar tree, which has four “toes” on its front legs and three on its back, is said to be the first species of hyrax to have acclimatized to the forest.

The marine meadows of Chwaka Bay, bordered by mangrove forests, are important breeding grounds for marine organisms, including offshore fish species. Mangroves are also a good breeding ground for birds. A planning for the conservation and integrated development (ICD) of the area is being studied. It is also proposed to declare the bay as a site of Ramsar and is included in Tanzania’s Tentative List for World Heritage Sites to recognize its unique natural and cultural assets, taking due consideration of proposed conservation efforts.