It traveled across the ocean faster than a jet plane, killing more than
two hundred thousand and displacing millions of people, destroying
infrastructure and annihilating vital ecosystems. Not even the
Seychelles, located so far away from the source, was spared.
Eco-tourism is much talked about, but we all know that it differs from
destination to destination. The ecotourism that is promoted in
Mauritius is different from that in Seychelles, for example.
It is said that Seychelles has some outstanding ecotourism sites. But
how do we really judge whether this the case or not? Well, one way is
to ask the visitors. A study has been ongoing on Cousin Island to look
at this subject. We are studying the visitor experience, examining the
impacts and reviewing the way tourism is handled.
Seychelles has an incredible 32 species of land, shore, brackish water
and freshwater crabs. These do not include all the marine crabs that
inhabit the sea. We were interested in knowing which species of crabs
inhabit the dry or terrestrial part of different islands and in what
kind of numbers because crabs can be a good indicators of environmental
Cousine is a small island about 6 kilometres from Praslin. It is owned
by a private company The island is a wildlife hotspot and has been
protected over the years by the previous owner with the help of
BirdLife International. Under the present owner Cousine Island Pty, a
conservation program has been running for about 15 years. The company
has built a very small and ecologically friendly luxury hotel.