In 2018 we’re all about numbers at Nature Seychelles. 50 years since Cousin Island Special Reserve became a protected nature reserve and 20 years of the existence of Nature Seychelles as a conservation organisation, the RSPB Partner in Seychelles.
In 1968, BirdLife, then known as International Council for Bird Protection (ICBP) bought Cousin Island to save the then critically endangered Seychelles Warbler. There were only 26 individuals of this bird left in the world on one island, Cousin. Now, this endemic bird has been downgraded from critically endangered to near threatened on IUCN’s Red List of threatened species, a first in bird conservation.
The population of the Seychelles warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis), which once had the dubious distinction of being one of the rarest birds in the world, is now 115 times what it was over three decades ago with a population of over 3000 birds spread over 5 islands. Intensive conservation efforts have ensured this endemic bird did not vanish completely.
Cousin Island is the most important nesting site for Hawksbill turtles, program participants learn how to monitor them
Cousin Island's forest has been restored from a coconut plantation to a predator-free, near-pristine natural forest that is now teemeing with wildlife
Cousin Island's 'House Lab" pictured in 1973, it is now known as the Research Centre and infront of it sits solar panels that run the entire island