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An A to Z of the Island Conservation Expedition

By Jenny Macgregor 1 year ago
Categories Mahe and Curieuse

A is for Anse (the Creole word for beach), there’s lots of beautiful white sandy beaches to explore here


B is for Bites, from lovely mosquitoes and sand flies, bring far more repellent and anti-itch cream than you think you need

C is for Centipedes, if spotted beat repeatedly with a stick/shoe/deodorant can until no longer moving

D is for Dexter, our trusty boat that takes you on the 10min journey between Praslin and Curieuse

E is for Early Mornings, first surveys normally leave some time between 5am and 8am

F is for Film nights, set-up the projector for a movie after dinner

G is for Grains of sand, they get everywhere, particularly in your bed

H is for Hammock, comfy for a post-survey nap

I is for Ice Cream, the gelateria on Praslin is popular with volunteers at the weekends

J is for Jars of peanut butter, good with bread, in porridge, cookies, or just eaten by the spoonful

K is for Kneading, freshly baked bread tastes lovely and preparing it is a good workout for your arms

L is for La Digue, a pretty island well worth a trip at a weekend

M is for MacGregor, our friendly local giant tortoise (loves fruit and neck scratches)


N is for Night time toilet trips in the dark, don’t drink too much before bed!

O is for Oats, no better way to start the day

P is for Photos, you will take lots, and have tourists that stumble into camp take photos of you washing your pants, thinking you are some crazy native tribe

Q is for Quick Drying clothes/towel, useful with the humidity

R is for the Rangers Station, this is where many of the giant tortoises on the island live, including the very cute babies

S is for Sweaty Stinky volunteers, you will learn to embrace it, we all smell together

T is for Turtles, we’ve seen hatchlings take their first steps to the sea and hung out with curious juveniles and adults while snorkelling

U is for Underwater, there’s lots going on here to see when on a snorkel: coral, rays, reef sharks, and of course plenty of fish

V is for Viewpoints, you can detour off some of the trails for some stunning hidden views of Curieuse and the surrounding islands

W is for Water, we drink lots of it, and spend a lot of time standing/wading through it on surveys, or getting soaked by it in tropical showers. Bring lots of bikinis.

X is for Xylocarpus granatum, one of the species of tree in the mangroves that you will learn all about

Y is for Yummy dinners, you will have to get creative when cooking to cater for lots of different tastes, diets and allergies of all the staff and volunteers

Z is for Zzzzzz, you will want and need plenty of sleep, bring ear-plugs if you’re a light sleeper!