Indian Ocean vital for survival of albatrosses

Cleo Small of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds reports

The Southern Indian Ocean is one of the most special areas of the world for albatrosses, the remarkable and graceful flying giants of the oceans. The Indian Ocean is also crucial for the survival of albatrosses. There are 21 species in all, and 19 of them are threatened with extinction. The Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) has a very important role to play in their protection.

Tsunami: the impacts on wildlife

Conor Jameson arrived in Seychelles ten days after the tsunami struck. He reports here on some of the environmental impacts felt in Seychelles and beyond, and on the reaction of wildlife, both before and after the waves came.

Where kestrels dare: getting to know the Katiti

Nature Seychelles has been working with researchers from the University of Kent, UK, to study the genetic make-up of the endemic Seychelles Kestrel or Katiti. Research team leader Dr Jim Groombridge takes up the story.

Seychelles Kestrel © Jeff Watson

Global Environment Facility joint islands initiative

Improving management of non-government and privately owned nature reserves and high biodiversity islands in Seychelles, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the World Bank.

The conservation teams of Cousin Island Special Reserve (managed by Nature Seychelles) and Cousine island (privately owned) have joined forces to find new ways of taking action for their unique environments. It is part of a three-year project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the World Bank.

The diet of the tortoise?

Genevieve Jorgensen of the Royal Danish Veterinary School has been studying Giant Tortoise diet.

Giant tortoises are fascinating creatures and are familiar to many people. Some people are lucky enough to have seen them in the wild, but they are also commonly kept in zoos. Although they seem to adapt well to captivity, there are gaps in our knowledge about tortoise health and nutrition. To help address this, myself and my colleague Beth Fledelius from the Royal Danish Veterinary School have been carrying out a study of tortoises on Aldabra. We have taken 45 blood samples from tortoises on one of the islands, and analysed these using portable equipment. We also collected food plants for analysis in Denmark, to calculate calcium content.

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