Cousin Island is a small 0.1 mi² granitic island of the Seychelles, lying 1.2 mi South-SouthWest of Praslin. It is a nature reserve protected under Seychelles law as a Special Reserve and is run by Nature Seychelles, a national non-profit organization and Partner of BirdLife International .
Until 1968, Cousin Island was a coconut plantation that had been stripped of most of its native vegetation. The Seychelles Warbler had become almost extinct, with a population of only 26 birds. BirdLife International, at the time known as the ICBP, bought the island and removed young coconut trees, thus allowing the native vegetation and fauna to flourish. The warbler population has since grown to 3000 birds, and has been saved from extinction.
Another nearly extinct endemic bird, the Seychelles Magpie Robin, has been re-introduced to Cousin by Nature Seychelles. The island is also known for a very large population of lizards, Aldabra Giant Tortoises, and is the single most important nesting site for hawksbill turtles in the Western Indian Ocean. It also hosts over 300,000 nesting seabirds of seven species.
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