Education is critical to our conservation work, in order to demonstrate the importance of protecting natural sites such as Aride Special Reserve. It has a big impact in enabling people to perceive the value of the unique biodiversity of the island. One of our targets is to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to experience the joy of engaging with wildlife while adhering to all the necessary protocols required by our Special Reserve.
ICS is dedicated to ensure that everyone has access to knowledge about the ecosystems of Aride Special Reserve including:
Aride hosts the largest number of breeding seabird species of any single island in Seychelles.
Seabirds include the world’s largest populations of Tropical Shearwater and Lesser Noddy and Seychelles’ largest population of Roseate Tern.
Land birds include five Seychelles endemics.
Aride is also home to several endemic and Critically Endangered reptiles.
There is a remarkable invertebrate community, specialties including the Seychelles Whip Spider.
Plants include Wright’s Gardenia, endemic to Seychelles and found in its natural state only at Aride.
Coral reef life is prolific while Bottle-nosed Dolphins and Hawksbill Turtles can be frequently seen offshore.
Promoting Sustainability Through Community Education
Our staff strive to raise awareness of threats that endanger wildlife such as marine pollution and alien invasive species, illegal fishing and poaching of Wedge-tailed and Tropical Shearwater chicks and Sooty Tern eggs.
ICS believes that peoples’ ways of thinking can change over time, once they are able to interact with wildlife, see its value and reflect on the likely consequences of their actions. We use different platforms to get our messages across to everyone, engaging with visitors on the island and making presentations in hotels and schools or on social media. ICS is dedicated to nurture people’s connection to wildlife and provide simple sustainability tips to lessen our impact on the fragile natural environment.