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Conservation Boot Camp

Bootstrap your career in conservation. Whether you want to to break into conservation or bolster your experience and knowledge, join the world's first Conservation Boot Camp where you can gain a much coveted, unique and exclusive experince working in a world renowned and multiple award winning nature reserve...Read more

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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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Cousin International Awards

It is always nice to receive an award, but it is from an international organisation with a fantastic reputation worldwide it takes on a totally different dimension.  The Conde Nast Traveler magazine, consistently voted by readers and critics to be the best travel magazine on the market, presented Cousin Island Special Reserve with its Ecotourism Award for 2004.

Cousin won the Award in the category of Destination, one of three categories, the others being Lodge/Resort and Tour Operator. It was announced in the July 2004 issue of Conde Nast Traveler. Cousin Island Special Reserve, managed by Nature Seychelles, received international recognition for the work carried out there in successfully marrying conservation of wildlife with responsible tourism, the last accolade being the British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Highly Commended Award in 2003.


Cousin manager (middle) received British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Highly Commended Award © T. Vel

This is the 10th Anniversary of the Conde Nast Ecotourism Award, which lends added prestige to Cousin’s win. The Award is given to those who are’ committed to preserving the local environment, assisting and employing local people who live there and educating the guest who visit’. The objective is to showcase genuine ecotourism products, as distinct from marketing gimmicks and green propaganda.

Cousin was chosen from a field of nearly 100 contenders, screened by Conde Nast Editors. Voting was done by a panel of international experts including the Secretary General of the WTO, the CEO of the International Ecotourism Society and Director of Lonely Planet publication. The organisation then sent an undercover correspondent to visit the island, to report on the real visitor experience. The correspondent, Cristina Nehrig, quotes a visitor to Cousin in her article in Traveler magazine:

I adore this island!” exclaimed the Greek-German Countess who stumbled out of the wooden boat at my side. “I’ve been to seventeen islands in the Indian Ocean and this is the real thing!

The Conde Nast Traveler magazine focuses on up-market destinations. As one editor put it, anyone looking to do London on $15 a day should look elsewhere. The focus of this magazine is to provide the experienced traveler with an array of diverse travel experiences encompassing art, architecture, fashion, culture, cuisine and shopping. It also offers tips for general travel and travel savings. The award therefore fits very well with national tourism efforts to upgrade the tourism product of Seychelles and to attract up-market visitors. Cousin is a Special Reserve and not geared for marketing. It is now up to the tourism authorities as well as the destination management companies to take advantage of and build on this prestigious award. It should be used in marketing to set Seychelles apart from other sun, sea and sand destinations and to highlight the progress made in meeting international standards.

Partners & Awards

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Our History

Since 1998.

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P.O. Box 1310, Mahe, Seychelles

Tel:+ 248 4601100

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Email: nature@seychelles.net