National Geographic Explorer Gibbs Kuguru to return to Ritz-Carlton Maldives 

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National Geographic Explorer and acclaimed Kenyan shark scientist Gibbs Kuguru is due to return to The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands for a groundbreaking research and educational residency in October. 

The residency promises an engaging blend of shark conservation research, educational programmes, and unforgettable guest experiences. Kuguru’s residency is part of The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands’ ‘Visiting Heroes’ programme, which emphasises environmental education and sustainability. 

During his stay from 1 to 5 October, guests will have the unique opportunity to participate in a range of activities, from thrilling shark snorkeling expeditions to interactive Q&A sessions with Kuguru himself. His residency will kick off on Monday, 2 October, with a Shark Presentation over afternoon tea at La Locanda, where he will share insights on his research, offering guests a glimpse into the fascinating world of these remarkable creatures. 

The activities will continue on 3 October, when guests can enjoy a shark snorkeling excursion followed by a laid-back cocktail hour at the Beach Shack. The following day, Kuguru will venture to the local island Gaafaru to educate young students about marine life, sharks, and wildlife conservation. The residency will conclude with one last snorkeling session just before Kuguru’s departure.

Gibbs Kuguru is renowned for his expertise in studying various shark species, including Great White Sharks, Hammerheads, and Sand Tigers. His work aims to shed light on how these creatures adapt and survive in the face of challenges such as overfishing and climate change. 

“Kuguru’s work aligns with The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands’ commitment to environmental conservation through its Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassadors of the Environment Programme. This exclusive programme, suitable for both adults and children, offers a range of activities aimed at preserving the planet. Guests can explore the depths of the ocean and engage in groundbreaking work,” the resort said.