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Cousin Island Special Reserve, Seychelles


Volunteering with Nature Seychelles on Cousin Island has been a profoundly enriching experience. It has opened my eyes to the critical importance of conservation efforts particularly safeguarding endangered marine turtles.

Through hands-on work, including patrols around the Island, monitoring turtle and bird nests, collecting data and observing hatchlings, I have developed a deep appreciation for wild animals’ lives. Over my time with the marine turtle program, I have gained insights into the challenges facing these beautiful creatures. I have also gained insights into their delicate ecosystem.

One of the most shocking aspects of my experience has been witnessing the impact of human actions on nature. Every day on my patrol I collected countless plastic bottles, fishing debris, and other rubbish that was washed ashore. I also experienced the climate change impact through erosion which was a significant danger for most of the nests we were monitoring in certain sections of the island and the whole ecosystem as more trees fell, destroying birds’ nests. It has heightened my awareness of the importance of conservation.

I witnessed the dedication of the conservationists on Cousin Island which is truly remarkable. They tirelessly work to protect marine turtles and other animals on the Island while also raising awareness among tourists. Their efforts have deeply inspired me to become more actively engaged in conservation initiatives. In conclusion, I’m deeply thankful for this unique opportunity that has been transformative. It will undoubtedly change my actions and choices towards being more responsible with the environment and I hope to encourage others to protect our planet’s precious natural heritage.

Tatiani Sampaio