During a seabird survey of Cousin, staff and volunteers made an exciting discovery on the rocky plateau - a baby Aldabra Giant Tortoise. Nearby, visiting warden Glenn Jackway was guiding a group of visitors. Alerted to the young torti discovery by Nature Seychelles Science Coordinator Rachel Bristol, and Seabird Researcher Lucie Faulquier, Glenn was able to treat his group to 'exclusive' views of the find.
What a change it was to come from the icy Spitsbergen at 79 degrees north of equator to Cousin Island under the tropical sun. The threat was no longer polar bears, but rather giant tortoises fallen asleep and blocking the path at night. Who would believe that I would end up freezing when the north western winds blow strongly at a temperature close to 30, above zero!
The change will be great again when I soon return home for Christmas after staying 2.5 months as a visiting warden on the newly started exchange program.
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.