2011 was a great year for conservation on Cousine island, with a few special highlights which come to mind!
- The 14th May signified the release of the last Hawksbill Turtle hatchlings of our record year of 230 nests! We released 25044 hatchlings into the sea over a period of 5 months.
- In April, Cousine Island was kindly offered 47 tortoises from the Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles breeding center on Silhouette. We were extremely honored as these individuals are possibly the last of the Dipsochelys hololissa species left in Seychelles. All 47 individuals are thriving and have certainly made themselves at home!
- 80,000 pairs of Lesser Noddies, 3, 000 pairs of Brown Noddies, 1, 500 pairs of Fairy Terns, 1, 200 pairs of White-tailed Tropic Birds, 400 pairs of Bridled Terns, 200 paris of Sooty Terns and possibly 50 – 100, 000 Shearwaters honoured us with their presence on the island this year! Whether breeding or roosting, it is always a delight to see these amazing marine birds on Cousine Island.
- Sassie our female Seychelles Fruit Bat finally recieved on operation on her broken wing. She is no longer in pain and is as frisky as anything. Although she will never be able to fly, she can still live a happy and fulfilled life.
Below are a few memorable pictures taken throughout the year by the conservation staff