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Flora&Fauna
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Flora and Fauna

 Much of the Seychelles beauty lies in its natural wildlife untouched for centuries, making the islands a sanctuary for many rare and unique plants and birds. There are 81 unique species of plant life, which can only be found within the Seychelles.

   The legendary Coco de-Mer coconut is but one such species, native to the Seychelles. This the largest coconut (and seed) in the world grows on only one island in the world, Praslin, within the prehistoric forest of Vallee de Mai at the heart of the island.

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 Even stranger is the Bois Meduse, also unique to the Seychelles. It is so strange that a new group of plants were created to contain it upon its rediscovery in 1970.

   The clever Pitcher Plant, whose leaves form a natural water reserve, complete with lid. The fragrant Vanilla Orchid, cultivated on the islands in plantations for its essence. These are but a few of the wonderful plant life within the Seychelles. Many wild and rare species of Orchids exist, scattered amongst the various islands.

   The Seychelles are a true paradise for all bird lovers, a home to many rare species. On La Digue there still exist about 30 pairs of the rare Paradise Fly Catcher, on Praslin the unique Black Parrots, and the Magpie Robin on Fregate. Bird island plays host to over a million Sooty Terns, who come to nest each year.

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 The world’s largest colonies of Lesser Noddies, Roseate Terns and tropical birds are to be found on Aride. The endangered Bush Warbler finds its home preserved and protected on Cousin. Other rare species can be found, including the Seychelles Cave Swiftlit, Scops Owl, Seychelles Kestrel and the distinctive Blue Fruit Pigeon.

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 The Seychelles prides itself on its unique and wonderful nature and goes to great efforts to protect and preserve it. Several nature reserves have been established to protect and cultivate. Tourism, although the mainstay of the country, is strictly monitored and managed, ensuring that not too many visitors come and the natural resources of the islands are endangered.

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