Terrestrial Expedition to the Seychelles

Assist the Seychelles government and local NGOs on their priority conservation programmes on Curiesue Island, including tortoise conservation programs, seasonal turtle nesting research and in water turtle surveys, Coco de Mer palms census, seasonal endangered endemic bird monitoring, habitat management and National Park conservation and rehabilitation; together with additional training and assistance to our partner organisations.

Volunteers work alongside local partner staff, looking out for incredible mega-fauna in the area, visiting breeding areas for the hawksbill and green turtle, as well as the endangered giant tortoises. Learn more about conservation and contribute to a meaningful project!

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What to Expect?

On this expedition you will focus on several key conservation efforts.  Volunteers on this project assist the Seychelles government and local NGOs on their priority conservation programmes on Curiesue Island, including tortoise conservation programs, seasonal turtle nesting research and in water turtle surveys, Coco de Mer palms census, seasonal endangered endemic bird monitoring, habitat management and National Park conservation and rehabilitation; together with additional training and assistance to our partner organisations. 

• Turtle Nesting - Involves long walks up and down the beach each day looking for turtle tracks and turtles. If any are seen then the site, size, species, nest, carapace and id markings need to be recorded. In water snorkels are also done using a search pattern and data recorded.

• Turtle Snorkels - Must bring fins, mask, snorkel as will be conducting U-shaped and expanding square search patterns for Turtles observing and recording behaviour of any turtles seen along with gender, species, size, noticeable markings, food type etc.

• Coco de Mer - Endemic to the Seychelles. Volunteers record information on the male and female species. Often get to go to the Valle de Mer on Praslin and meet Chris Kaiser (a consultant and researcher on the topic) who teaches volunteers about the plants.

• Giant Tortoise census - A population lives on Curieuse. They are hunted and eggs taken to either eat or sell on as pets etc. Therefore population is carefully guarded especially the babies! When a giant tortoise “escapes” the local rangers take the volunteers looking for them, tracking them and counting any new nests and eggs laid.

• Mangrove census - Mangroves on Curieuse virtually wholly destroyed during the 2004 Tsunami. Trying to find the right way to carry out the rehabilitation as previous attempts have been unsuccessful. Learning about 6 of the 7 different mangrove species that grow in the Seychelles on Curieuse and how to identify them to record useful data.

  • Program ID: # 2428
  • duration:
    1 to 3 Months
  • location:
    Mahe Island, Seychelles Victoria
    Seychelles
    4° 37' 12.8244" S, 55° 27' 3.9168" E
    SC
  • Fitness level:
    Very Fit
  • Closest Airport:
    Seychelles International Airport (SEZ)
  • Costs From:
    $1500 to $3000
    Over $3000
  • Program Type:
    Environmental & Wildlife Programs
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