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Cousin Island Special Reserve, Seychelles


Looking around Cousin Island today, it is hard to believe that this vibrant and diverse island ecosystem was once a coconut plantation!

50 Years of careful conservation has led to an astounding increase in endemic bird populations, the restoration of the island’s native vegetation, and an increase in the island’s overall biodiversity.

Unlike on many of the other granitic islands, on Cousin the wildlife is abundant and close at hand. No matter what time of year you visit, you are sure to see a variety of nesting seabirds, foraging birds of the forest, lizards roaming about in the leaf litter in search of food, and a host of invertebrates such as crabs, spiders, millipedes and termites.

These sections will help you to identify and learn more about the fascinating lives of some of the island’s plants and animals. The most common species encountered are described here, and each is illustrated.