Live on the sun-drenched Curieuse Island in the Seychelles and spend your days in the forests, on the beaches and snorkeling in the warm Indian Ocean waters, conducting valuable research on tropical plants and animals, including the critically endangered Hawksbill turtle, native Giant Tortoises and rare Coco de Mer trees.
The Seychelles Archipelago is made up of 115 islands located in the warm Indian Ocean. Curieuse Island is the 5th largest of the inner islands and is a short ferry ride from the islands of Mahe and Praslin. The Seychelles is a colourful and vibrant island nation, famed for its tropical marine life and iconic granite rock formations. For many people, a holiday here is an opportunity to kick back, relax, and enjoy the fantastic food, beaches, and culture. It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful locations in the world to get involved with priority conservation efforts. Whether it’s part of a gap year program or a shorter stay, you will discover a piece of paradise.
Giant Tortoises were relocated to Curieuse Island in the 1980s as part of conservation efforts to protect the species. Over the last thirty years, the population has reproduced successfully and spread throughout the island. An annual census of the tortoise population is conducted to record key measurements on growth and distribution. The tortoise census is conducted primarily during the months of April to September.
The mangrove system on Curieuse Island is an important nursery ground for the Sicklefin Lemon Shark (Negaprion acutidens). A capture and release study of the shark population is currently underway to learn more about these lesser-known creatures. You will help collect data to answer questions such as what time of the year they pup, what is the survival and growth rate, and in which areas are they found. The peak shark tagging season is from September to March.
The endemic Coco de Mer has the largest seed of all living plants and is found only on the islands of Praslin and Curieuse. Following on from a successful census of the trees covering Curieuse Island the team is now conducting a growth study of these charismatic palms. Census work is carried out year-round, but more effort is expended during the months of April to September.
Curieuse Island has some of the most important Hawksbill turtle nesting beaches within Seychelles. Throughout nesting season, beach patrols are conducted, recording data on nesting turtles and tagging females. Year-round, weekly patrols of the beaches are conducted to monitor the beaches for signs of nesting activity and mark nests when located. The peak Hawksbill season runs from September to March, although some nest excavations continue into April.
Curieuse Island has one of the largest remaining areas of mangrove forest left within the Seychelles inner granitic islands. You will help investigate seedling recruitment and mortality, and further determine species distribution across the mangroves. Mangrove surveys are conducted in February and August.
Once you have submitted your application, a Destination Specialist will be in-touch to discuss the project with you.
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