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Frégate Island Private

March 15, 2012

Frégate Island Private

Frégate Island Private is pleased to take part in another translocation of an endangered species on Seychelles. This time it was the Seychelles Black Mud terrapin (Pelusios subniger parietalis), with a transfer by helicopter of 12 individuals being reintroduced to Aride Island Nature Reserve on the 24 February 2012. The aim of the translocation is to re-establish a population of the species on Aride and at the same time improve its conservation status.

Two modified Myna traps baited with fish were used to catch these shy animals in the ponds of Frégate. The terrapins were kept in captivity in two unused Jacuzzis from the hotel for a period of 2-3 weeks to prevent undigested seeds of potentially invasive alien species retained in their digestive tracts being transported to Aride. Prior to the transfer, all the individuals were measured, weighed, marked and photographed for individual identification and monitoring purposes. Frégate is home to one of the largest and healthiest populations of the critically endangered Black Mud terrapin in Seychelles.

The population of our mascot, the Seychelles Magpie Robin, is reproducing really well on Frégate Island. Since the start of the year ten new chicks have been recorded. We managed to ring seven of those chicks in the nest boxes before they fledged, one was caught by hand by one of the ecology staff and there is still one more waiting to be ringed.

As part of the natural cycle of life, we also recorded one individual dead. A female was found with an injured foot, hopping around the staff canteen area and after two weeks, she was found dead. Despite this loss, the population continues to steadily increase. As an indication of the robins learning ability, they have already started mimicking the calls of the recently introduced Seychelles warblers.

Frégate Island Private is back on track with the Adopt-a-tortoise programme in order to safeguard juvenile Aldabra Giant tortoises. Guest are encouraged to participate in the programme with a contribution of 100€ which will go towards biodiversity management and conservation of not only our giant tortoises but also of a number of endangered species on Frégate Island, including our mascot, the Seychelles Magpie Robin. A guest donation is also encouraged to support the fund. All guests that participate in this programme receive a certificate in recognition of their contribution.

The tortoise pen is increasingly forming part of the attraction of the island, and has become an integral part of the Nature Experience for the guests. To date there are over 100 tortoises in the pen. These are ranging from hatchling size to 10 kg in weight. When they reach the required size, they are released to join the wild herd on the island during a special ceremony conducted over the festive season.

Frégate Island Private
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