American-born philanthropist, Robert Koski, spent many years traveling through Africa. During one of his visits, he was intrigued to hear about a deserted island up for sale in Mozambique. Soon after, Ilha do Fogo, translated as “island of fire”, was bought, with a dream to build a 5-star resort. Upon visiting the island, Bob discovered that it was ravaged by poachers and sadly, the endangered leatherback and green turtles were the main victims of the poaching. The dream of a resort was quickly replaced by the need to protect these imperiled species, and thus, Fire Island Conservation was born.
The eco-tourism and conservation projects gained headway with the purchase of Pebane Beach Lodge, the closest land base to the island. More recently, The Monarch and Loggerhead Lodge became further extensions of Fire Island Conservation, along with several community projects in Mozambique. We understand that rising socio-economic issues can lead to poaching and harvesting of marine life, however, by empowering locals and providing income opportunities, we are enabling communities to better provide for their families. We continue to strive towards our dream of living sustainably and in harmony with nature.