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Conservation Boot Camp

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Implementing the SDGs

At Nature Seychelles we are committed to working with government, development partners and donors in implementing relevant actions, in particular, looking at certain goals where we can build on our existing strengths. Read more

Seychelles Wildlife

Natural environment of the Seychelles

Seychelles is a unique environment, which sustains a very special biodiversity. It is special for a number of different reasons. These are the oldest oceanic islands to be found anywhere...

Bird Watching

Seychelles is a paradise for birdwatchers, you can easily see the unique land birds, the important sea bird colonies, and the host of migrants and vagrants. Some sea bird...

Seychelles Black Parrot

Black Parrot or Kato Nwar in Creolee is brown-grey in colour, not truly black. Many bird experts treat it as a local form of a species found in Madagascar and...

Fairy Tern

The Fairy (or white) Tern is a beautiful bird seen on all islands in Seychelles, even islands like Mahe where they are killed by introduced rats, cats and Barn Owls....

Introduced Land Birds

A little over two hundred years ago, there were no humans living permanently in Seychelles. When settlement occurred, people naturally brought with them the animals and plants they needed to...

Native Birds

Although over 190 different species of bird have been seen on or around the central islands of Seychelles (and the number is increasing all the time), many of these are...

Migrant Shore Birds

Shallow seas and estuaries are very rich in invertebrate life. Many birds feed on the worms, crabs and shellfish in these habitats; often, they have long bills for probing sand...

Seychelles Magpie Robin

The most endangered of the endemic birds, Seychelles Magpie Robin or Pi Santez in Creole, came close to extinction in the late twentieth century; in 1970 there were only about...

Seychelles Blue Pigeon

The Seychelles Blue Pigeon or Pizon Olande in Creole, spends much of its life in the canopy of trees and eats the fruits of figs, bwa dir, ylang ylang and...

Seychelles White-eye

The Seychelles White-eye or Zwazo Linet in Creole, is rare and endemic. They may sometimes be seen in gardens and forest over 300m at La Misere, Cascade and a few...

Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher

The Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher or the Vev in Creole is endemic to Seychelles, you cannot find this bird anywhere else on earth. Although it was once widespread on...

Seychelles Sunbird

The tiny sunbird or Kolibri in Creole, is one of the few endemic species that has thrived since humans arrived in the Seychelles.

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Achievements

  • Stopped near extinctions of birds +

    Down-listing of the critically endangered Seychelles warbler from Critically Endangered to Near Threatened. Other Seychelles birds have also been saved including the Seychelles Magpie Robin, Seychelles Fody, and the Seychelles
  • Restored whole island ecosystems +

    We transformed Cousin Island from a coconut plantation to a thriving vibrant and diverse island ecosystem. Success achieved on Cousin was replicated on other islands with similar conservation activities.
  • Championed climate change solutions +

    Nature Seychelles has risen to the climate change challenge in our region in creative ways to adapt to the inevitable changing of times.
  • Education and Awareness +

    We have been at the forefront of environmental education, particularly with schools and Wildlife clubs
  • Sustainable Tourism +

    We manage the award-winning eco-tourism programme on Cousin Island started in 1970
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SEYCHELLES ON THE WORLD MAP

Few people are familiar with the unique Seychelles Gardiner’s frog, which scientists often refer to as “perhaps the world’s smallest frog, with adults growing up to just 11mm in length – and juveniles no bigger than a grain of rice.” This frog, along with its closest relatives, all of which are only found in the Seychelles, on the islands of Mahe and Silhouette, has kept Seychelles on the international biodiversity radar.

[Roche Caiman. 14/03/2008] Few people are familiar with the unique Seychelles Gardiner’s frog, which scientists often refer to as “perhaps the world’s smallest frog, with adults growing up to just 11mm in length – and juveniles no bigger than a grain of rice.” This frog, along with its closest relatives, all of which are only found in the Seychelles, on the islands of Mahe and Silhouette, has kept Seychelles on the international biodiversity radar.
 Gardiner’s frog came to the world’s attention recently, when it was listed in the Zoological Society of London’s worlds top 100 weirdest, most wonderful and rarest amphibians, under the banner of the EDGE Amphibians Initiative. EDGE or Evolutionary Distinct and Globally Endangered animals have been initiated for both mammals and amphibians and highlights rare and genetically distinct species. Originally instigated for mammals and featuring Seychelles Sheath-tailed bat a similar list focusing on amphibians was launched recently. According to Dr Jonathan Baillie, Head of the EDGE programme:
“Tragically, amphibians tend to be the overlooked members of the animal kingdom, even though one in every three amphibian species is currently threatened with extinction, a far higher proportion than that of bird or mammal species. These species are the ‘canaries in the coalmine’ – they are highly sensitive to factors such as climate change and pollution, which lead to extinction, and are a stark warning of things to come. If we lose them, other species will inevitably follow. The EDGE programme strives to protect the world’s forgotten species and ensure that the weirdest species survive the current extinction crisis and astound future generations with their extraordinary uniqueness.”
Animals listed in the EDGE Programme are on the verge of extinction and in desperate need of immediate action. The EDGE list is compiled by mathematically combining a measure of each species’ unique evolutionary history with its threat of extinction. This is achieved by using the IUCN (World Conservation Union) Red List of endangered species in tandem with a family tree of amphibians. By doing this scientists are able to give species an EDGE value and rank them accordingly.
The EDGE concept and assessment was launched in January 2007 when the EDGE team assessed all mammal species and released the list of the top 100 EDGE mammals. The scientists have now done the same for all amphibian species (frogs, salamanders and caecilians) and have found that 85 of the top 100 are receiving little or no conservation attention.
Amphibians are declining as a result of a range threats including habitat destruction, pollution, climate change and disease. Scientists at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) are currently researching the diseases affecting amphibians, with particular focus on the chytrid fungus, which is implicated in mass mortality and extinction events globally.
On the home front, the conservation agency, Nature Seychelles has been coordinating on-the ground efforts to monitor and assess the conservation status of the Gardiner’s frog and also to raise public awareness of this unique and endangered amphibian along with other Seychelles amphibians. The efforts are led by Dr. Naomi Doak a herpetologist of international standing and Nature Seychelles’ Science Coordinator. (ENDS)

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