Project information

Vets support endangered birds in the Indian Ocean

Mauritius and Seychelles are both groups of stunning islands with their own unique (endemic), and endangered bird and reptile species.

These species have been decimated by the introduction of rats and over harvesting. Disease threatens to stall their recovery.

December 2014 - May 2016

Charity information: Wildlife Vets International

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  • Need


    There are some complex disease issues associated with some of the bird species WVI has helped restore. In this project WVI will continue its work in Mauritius with new restoration and reintroduction sites and species. Using our experience with the conservation of island species in Mauritius, WVI has been asked to help create a network of vets, field biologists and decision makers to survey for and deal with wildlife disease in the Seychelles.


    In Mauritius WVI will continue to work with Mauritian Wildlife Foundation ensuring diesease does not disrupt the reintroduction of endangered pink pigeons, echo parakeets and small songbirds (passerines) to a new area.
    In the Seychelles, WVI and partners will run a series of workshops highlighting the problems diseases can cause in conservation, how to survey for early signs and how to deal with an outbreak.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Breeding and release of pink pigeons and subsequently other endangered birds in Ferney, Mauritius


    » WVI will provide veterinary advice in the design of avaries for breeding and releasing the pink pigeons and their day to day management protocols
    » WVI will train staff in routine sample collection to monitor disease.
    » WVI will regularly discuss any changes that may need to be made to management protocols in light of results from sample collection.

    By the number of pairs made, eggs laid, eggs hatched, chicks that fledge and in the long term, the number of chicks that go on to breed themselves

    Aim 2

    The deliverance of a series of workshops on conservation medicine


    » In consultation with partners in the Seychelles, design the details of a course and accompanying materials
    » Deliverance of lectures, workshops, field visits and course materials

    The programme that is designed is delivered within the time frame devised.

  • Impact


    WVI will have played a small but significant part of increasing the numbers of endangered species in both these countries such that they cease to be classified as Endangered.


    These projects are dependant on our partners in country. WVI provides a small and valuable service to these well established organisations. Although there is a risk that our partners may cease to exist, WVI has worked with these organisations for over 10 years and all have good relations with the stable governments in their countries.


    Reports will be made to donors after every trip to Mauritius/Seychelles. These will be approximately every 6 months and will include the work that is done between visits by email.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,000 Seychelles support Year1: 12 days of support and training
      £9,000 Seychelles support Year 2: 12 days of support and training
      £8,900 Mauritius support and training Year 1: 12 days support and training
      £8,900 Mauritius support and training Year 2: 12 days support and training
      £2,000 disease surveillance equipment syringes, slides, scales, sterile tubes, DNA free tubes
      £2,200 project administration fundraising, report writing, logistics

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Mauritius Wildlife Foundation £960 Guaranteed
    Swire Charitable Trust £2,500 Guaranteed
    Seychelles Agricultural Agency £11,939 Guaranteed
    Big Give Christmas Challenge 2013 £4,000 Guaranteed
    Etihad Airways £4,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Both the Seychelles and Mauritius are both situation within Conservation International's Hot Spot: Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands. The Seychelles, Comoros and Mascarene islands (incl Mauritius) between them support a number of Critically Endangered bird species.

    The Seychelles is the only home to a family of frogs: the Sooglossidae, and the Aldabra giant tortoise.

    Tourism is an important part of the economy for these islands and their unique wildlife forms part of the attraction.


    The biodiversity of these islands will be the immediate beneficiaries, in turn attracting tourism.
    Species such as the sea birds have immediate effect of increasing the quality of the soil on islands where they nest which in turn has an effect of the livelihoods.
    In the Seychelles, providing government vets with alternative disease surveillance work will sustain their jobs in the face of reduced agriculture.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The current proposal builds on projects and well established partnerships in these countries and is the natural step forward in conserving endangered species endemic to these islands.

    WVI is unique in that we provide a expert veterinary service to the conservation community. Having already worked in Seychelles and Mauritius, we already have the right contacts and the project will start as soon as funding arrives.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Andrew Greenwood

    Andrew is an experienced avian specialist, advising important captive breeding and species reintroduction work. WVI founder and Veterinary Director.

    Professor Carl Jones MBE

    Mauritian Wildlife Foundation's Scientific Director, Carl will coordinate the Mauritian side of the project.

    Antoine Marie Moustache

    As CEO, Seychelles Agricultural Agency, he is our lead partner in the Seychelles and will organise local logistics.

Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, CR. Will Meinderts

Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, CR. Will Meinderts

Ongoing veterinary support from WVI is key in increasing endangered wildlife from a handful to sustainable levels

Prof Carl Jones MBE, Scientific Director, Mauritian Wildlife Foundation