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Curieuse Island

Listed under Wildlife Reserves in Seychelles.

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Just off the north coast of Praslin, this granite island is the only other island the suggestively shaped coco de mer palms grow. Until the mid 20th Century the island was a leper colony, and you can see the remains of the hospital buildings and doctor's stations – these are now a museum. These days what the island is really important for are the tortoises. Moved along when people started harvesting the double coconuts, they've been lured back here to be protected on the island. These days there are around 300 Aldabra Giant Tortoises living there, and hawksbills nest there, as does the Black Parrots.

Written by  Lindylou.

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