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Seychelles: Cousin Island, sanctuary for birds as well as turtles and in the heart of eco-tourism




Cousin island in the Seychelles, is a natural reserve since 1968, two kilometers southwest of the island Praslin, and which contains species of rare birds such as the Seychelles Warbler and Seychelles magpie or even the Seychelles Turtle.
 
A colony of giant tortoises imported from Aldabra also live Cousin Island alongside flycatcher, doves and other water hens.
 
In 1975 the Government of Seychelles decreed the granitic islet of 27 hectares special reserve. The place is also one of the rare sites of ovipositor of spiny scales or endangered hawksbill turtle.
 
Cousin Island is currently managed by the environmental group Nature Seychelles.
 
The latter promotes ecotourism on the island, closed to visitors the afternoon and on weekends, as a sustainable way to finance the conservation of the fauna of the island.
 
For the Minister of tourism and the Culture of Seychelles, Alain Saint-Ange, who moved to the island at the end of last month, "the reserve remains the perfect marriage between tourism and the conservation of wildlife".


Seychelles: Cousin Island, sanctuary for birds as well as turtles and in the heart of eco-tourism

Seychelles: Cousin Island, sanctuary for birds as well as turtles and in the heart of eco-tourism



Laurent Chinaud


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