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Our Adopted Rats

Name: Ikemba

Job: Mine Detection Rat

Meet Our Past Rats: Nala and our beloved Cheeky who is now watching us from above.

Recycling Funds

2012: $105.63

2013: $118.63

2014: $56.45

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Plastic Free Hawaii - Beach Cleanup Feb 24, 2018

HIC will be in attendance at the Plastic Free Hawaii cleanup on February 24th sponsored by the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation's Plastic Free Hawaii Program at Makapu'u beach.

Check-in at 8:30am, Cleanup from 9:00am - 11:00am

Please bring a hat, sunscreen & a reusable water bottle for refilling!


MLK Day Beach Cleanup in Kahuku

A staggering 500 people came out to the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge in Kahuku for the Martin Luther King Day Beach Cleanup organized by the Kokua Hawaii Foundation. Over 6,050 lbs of trash and debris were removed from the beach - 1,450 lbs of which was recycled with the Parley for the Oceans project. This amazing event included a strong network of the following partners:

  • Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii
  • Kailua Beach Adventures
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Hawaii Marine Animal Response
  • Bee's Wrap (donor)
  • RAW ELEMENTS USA (donor)

Check out our photo gallery from the event.


Meet our newest rat Ikemba!

Ikemba was the runt of the litter, and almost never made it, but with the dedicated support of the APOPO team she’s now one of the best mine detection rats in the business. Born in Morogoro, Tanzania, Ikemba deployed to Malange, Angola, where she helps sniff out mines in one of the most mine affected places in the world.

  • Name: Ikemba (EE- KEM - BAH)
  • Sex: Female
  • Date of birth: March 20, 2013
  • Job title: Mine Detection Rat
  • Favourite food: Bananas
  • Personality: Kind and sociable

46% of landmine victims are children. In 2014, Ikemba helped discover a landmine less than twenty meters from the town school playground in Ngola Luije. It had lain hidden for over twenty years. The school’s headmaster explained that while the minefields were clearly marked, the children’s football was inevitably kicked into the overgrowth. If no adults were around, the children would nominate someone to sneak into the minefield to retrieve it.

In June alone, Ikemba was responsible for:

  • Minefields Cleared
    • 4,668 SQM
  • Explosives Found
    • 10
  • Minutes Worked
    • 253

Follow her efforts here: