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Implementing the SDGs

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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.



  • 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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Just four months after it was officially opened the now famous Sanctuary at Roche Caiman last Saturday hosted a delegation from the US Navy whose mission was not just a courtesy tête-à-tête over SeyTea and biscuits.

[ROCHE CAIMAN 01/09/2008] Just four months after it was officially opened the now famous Sanctuary at Roche Caiman last Saturday hosted a delegation from the US Navy whose mission was not just a courtesy tête-à-tête over SeyTea and biscuits.
 Led by Commander Russell Smith the US Naval officers from the USS Momsen (DDG-92), a guided missile destroyer, visited the sanctuary and helped in invasive species control and habitat management especially in the wader scrape which  attracts wading birds.
 “!’m always excited to host the US military personnel, who have been keen to support the Sanctuary’s development. This was the fourth time we have hosted them here at the Sanctuary at Roche Caiman, and it is indeed a positive step for conservation. We have developed an easy working relationship with them and each time they are around, they always pay us a visit.” Jon Dale, the Wetlands Manager reveals.
 Ever since it was officially inaugurated in April after years of restoration works the Sanctuary has become a popular destination spot for lovers looking for quiet spots, tourists groups looking for a natural spot within the city limits, religious teams seeking for the solace granted by nature and multitudes of school groups visiting for their nature studies in the ‘outdoor classroom auditorium’. Indeed the popularity of the sanctuary has kept Nature Seychelles staff literally on their toes owing to the amount of visitors it hosts each week.
 The 25 naval officers, who visited Roche Caiman, helped in management of the reed beds, which has resisted many attempts to slow down their growth. They also went further and helped dig the wader scrapes to ensure attractive habitats for birds and cleared invasive plants from the perimeter of the Sanctuary.
 “As part of our community service initiative, we seek to build bridges with all the people we interact with. Being involved in the real on the ground initiatives like the wetland here in Roche Caiman is one way of engaging with communities.” Commander Russell says.
 The USS Momsen is named after Vice Admiral Charles Momsen, a decorated  US Naval officer who made great contribution to the Navy with his invention of the Momsen lung, an underwater escape device and his critical role in the successful rescue of personnel in a sunken submarine.
 “It is indeed an honour to have top military personnel visit us and appreciate our work here at the sanctuary.” Says Dale as he acknowledges the presence of Commander Russell and his crew. Russell is third in the chain of command of the USS Momsen with the rank Command Master Chief. 
 “Their act is actually a symbol of approval to all Seychellois, that our conservation efforts are well known all over the world. Hosting US military personnel  is not something we take for granted. If anything we highly appreciate their enthusiasm for working with us in safeguarding Seychelles environment.” Nirmal Shah, CEO of Nature Seychelles says. [ENDS]

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