Virtuoso Traveler - June/July 2018 - 35
The goal: Turn the destination into a sanctuary
for some of the rarest species on earth.
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fox (a large fruit bat) and the Seychelles
white-eye, a tiny bird once thought to
be extinct. As ecologists continue their
work to eradicate alien rodents and
invasive flora found on the isle, other
native species, such as the Seychelles
blue pigeon and critically endangered
hawksbill sea turtle, once rare here,
have also returned to the island.
On the last day of my weeklong visit, a
gentle swell rolls in, so I grab one of the
resort's guest surfboards and head to
Petite Anse beach to ride some waves.
Along with North Island's notable ecological accomplishments, I ponder how
the Seychelles has collectively set aside
more than half of its total land area for
conservation and passed legislation guaranteeing its citizens the right to a clean
environment. It's a gift that keeps on giving - to locals and travelers alike.
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