On one of the most unique islands on earth, two students from the Seychelles Maritime Academy (SMA) learnt conservation, independence, and work and life balance during a 5-month work attachment.
The mornings of 17 and 18 August 2021, started off with lots of chirping in the air. But this was a different kind of chirp from the one we are accustomed to on Cousin Island. It was the excited chatter of children from three public schools on Praslin eager to learn about birds and corals, and how Nature Seychelles is helping both to recover and thrive.
Visitors are slowly returning to Cousin Island Special Reserve. Although few in number, they show that the island's vibrant ecotourism, which funds conservation, still draws attention and needs to be marketed as safe, attractive, and sustainable.
70% of Nature Seychelles' recently launched Nature Collectibles have been sold after 3 weeks of being offered, raising about $7000 for the conservation of a unique songbird once on the brink of extinction.
Searching for lizards might not be everyone's idea of a daily activity, but it certainly is part of the work programme for the Cousin Island Special Reserve conservation team. Led by the conservation officer, the team has just completed a gecko and skink census whose findings are published in a monitoring report for 2021.