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December 2017

Turtle nurseries and giant tortoises

Fregate Island Private is known as the Galapagos of the Seychelles. A two minute stroll will bring you face to face with a wealth of wildlife, and the awesome Giant Aldabra Tortoises. These reptiles are some of the largest tortoises in the world, virtually extinct in 1890 today Fregate Island is home to one of the world’s most numerous Giant Tortoise colonies, with 3,000 at the last count.

 

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There are babies of all sizes in the nursery from a few centimetres that sit in the palm of your hand, to a few feet in length, and the rest roam free over the island. Each day presents a new encounter with these benign goliaths as they doze on the paths, munch beneath star fruit trees and mate noisily in the shrubs.

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Fregate Island is also home to both the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle and the endangered Green Turtle. Every nesting season from October to January, our conservation team safeguard and monitor the several hundred nests on the island’s shores, and guests can join ecologists on the beaches to ensure the turtle eggs hatch successfully.

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Watching the hatchlings make their progress to the sea is one of the wonders of the world as they brave predators and hazards, from driftwood to a deep footprint in the sand. Fascinating facts are shared by our ecologists, such as a turtle’s sex being determined by the temperature in the nest; higher temperatures above 29 degrees produce females, and lower temperatures develop into males.

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There are more than 5,000 different types of lizards in the world, yet on Fregate Island we are home to just four varieties, Seychelles and Wright`s Skink as well as Bronze-Eyed and Day Gecko, each catching the eye as they bask on your pool deck or scuttle into the undergrowth hunting insects and busily balancing out the island ecosystem. We welcome all explorers to our Galapagos of the Seychelles.

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