Jonathan Jürgensen volunteered with Nature Seychelles' LEAP (Local Empowerment Area Protection) project based in Cap Ternay from 24 July to 18 August. He is the fourth volunteer to join the program, which is studying the mangroves at the RAMSAR site in Port Glaud.
It is thrilling to see a majestic marine animal in its natural habitat and take breathtaking photos of it. For many, it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
This week on World Rangers Day, we celebrated rangers, protectors of natural and cultural heritage. Rangers work tirelessly to safeguard our protected areas, wildlife, and ecosystems, often under demanding and challenging conditions.
Known for their salt-tolerant trees and intricate root networks, mangroves thrive in harsh and ever-changing environments. They shelter unique flora and fauna. Their extensive roots stabilize coastlines, mitigate erosion, and protect us from storm surges. Besides being carbon sinks, they also purify water by filtering pollutants and trapping sediment and reduce flooding by absorbing excess rainwater.
Cousin Island Special Reserve offers one of the most immersive turtle conservation programs in the world. As one of the most vital nesting sites for Hawksbill turtles in the western Indian Ocean, the island has monitored these majestic creatures since the 1970s. Every year, Nature Seychelles invites volunteers to help with the labour-intensive program. Here, we highlight the top 9 things volunteers appreciate about their experience during turtle nesting season.