Wildlife action, Zwazo 2005

Katiti take-off at airport
In September we reported in the media that a pair of Seychelles Kestrels (Katiti) had taken up residence in an aircraft hangar at the airport. Don Du Preez, who works there, called us for advice, as there were plans to renovate the roof, and he was anxious to minimise disturbance to the birds.

Action for frogs in Seychelles

Seychelles is home to four different unique species of Sooglossid  frogs, although there are large gaps in our knowledge of these species. They are very tiny, and hard to find. Nature Seychelles wants to initiate survey work to find out where the frogs are, how many there are, and how they are faring on Mahe.

Seabird study to reveal health of oceans

Nature Seychelles is working on a long-term study of the life cycles of seabirds in the Western Indian Ocean. The diet, growth-rate, body condition, breeding success and population sizes of seabirds are all useful indicators of the overall health of the marine environment. Seabirds are 'barometers' of change.

Conservation News in brief July - December 2005


Landslip in Seychelles © Greg Bell
 Tsunami and rainfall impact
Studies have been carried out to establish the extent of the impacts of the December 2004 tsunami on the marine environment, and coastal reefs in particular. According to the New Partnership for Africa's Development, Seychelles' coastal reefs suffered damage by being in the direct line of the waves, especially on the main island of Mahe. A report from the Seychelles Centre for Marine Research and Technology has said that the extent of reef damage is worse on carbonate reefs such as around Moyenne Island and Anse Cimetierre. Granitic reefs such as at Grand Rocher seem to have been better able to withstand the damage.

Avian flu and migratory birds

The poultry flu strain known as H5N1 continues to move across the world. It is not yet clear how the disease is spreading. Movement of domestic birds seems to have a significant role, but migrating water birds may also be involved. Although this may be probable there is still no scientific data collected to prove it. In any case Seychelles is not at risk from migratory birds.

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