Dette projekt tilbydes i samarbejde med organisationen GVI og nedenfor kan du læse deres beskrivelse af programmet:
The project is based on Curieuse Island – a true tropical paradise. The entire island is a national park which is managed by our local partner, Seychelles National Parks Authority. Live on the beachfront on the white sand beaches of Anse St Jose in small huts, inviting the natural environment into every aspect of your daily experience. Across the bay is Seychelles’ second largest island, Praslin, which is a quick boat ride away.
Spend your time learning about and contributing to critical conservation efforts being conducted on the island. Join an international team of passionate volunteers and qualified experts who are all dedicated to make a difference towards the survival of both the critically endangered hawksbill turtles and the sicklefin lemon sharks.
Partake in our lemon shark catch and release program. Search the surrounding waters for shark pups in order to gather valuable data pertaining to population and growth rates on the elusive under studied species.
Sea turtles efforts will center around studying the nesting success and habits of both hawksbill and green turtles on the island. Collect and collate information such as tag numbers, carapace (shell) measurements and number of eggs laid, or carry out nest evacuations to measure hatching success rates.
The Program has several focuses that include but are not limited to:
- Turtle Nesting: you will partake in long walks on the beach looking for turtle/tracks. Volunteers will make notes on site, size, species, nest, carapace and identification markings. You will also participate in in-water snorkels.
- Coco de Mer, which are Endemic to the Seychelles. Volunteers will record information on male/female species.
- Giant Tortoise census – A population lives on Curieuse. They are hunted and eggs taken to either eat or sell on as pets etc. Their population is carefully guarded especially the babies!
- Mangrove census: Mangroves on Curieuse where basically destroyed during Tsunami in 2004. As a volunteer you will learn about 6 of 7 mangrove species on Curieuse and how to identify them to record useful data.
- Bird Surveys: Volunteers will conduct hikes around the island to record the number of bird species nesting on Curieuse, using both sight and sound surveying methodologies
You will also be tracking down shark pups in order to gather useful data pertaining to population and growth rates on the elusive under studied species.
If you would like to travel in the period outside of the shark and turtle season (fx from March until August), you can participate in the same programme, but focusing on different conservation aspects. Read more about it here.