Seychelles is a favorite holiday destination for many people from across the world. However, more often than not, many tend to forget that Seychelles is a part of Africa. As the country marks its Constitution Day and Independence Day later this month, here we look at five interesting things about this popular holiday destination.
Seychelles Is Home To Some Of The Rarest Birds In The World
Some of the rarest species of birds can be found in Seychelles. This includes the Seychelles Scops Owl, also known as the bare-legged Scops Owl, or Syer. History records that the population of the Seychelles Scops Owl has dropped drastically between 1880 and 1906, such that it was thought to be extinct. However, it was rediscovered in 1959 and 1999, their first breeding nest was discovered, but there was no breeding success. In 2000, the first infrared photograph of a female Seychelles Scops Owl with her young one was taken. The species is protected under the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITIES), as well as the Wild Animals and Bird Protection Act (WABP) in Seychelles. These acts serve to protect the bare-legged scops from killings, capturing, and illegal trade. Today, they can be found at the Morne Seychellois National Park on Mahé Island.
Originally published at Africa.com
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