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  Aldabra
 
Aldabra was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982 as a prime example of a raised coral atoll and is significantly less disturbed than most other atolls in the Indian Ocean and elsewhere in the world.
 
  Vallée de Mai
 
Vallée de Mai was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983 as an outstanding example of low- and intermediate-altitude palm forest characteristic of the Seychelles.
 
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Vallée de Mai and Aldabra atoll World Heritage Sites are areas of spectacular natural beauty where an abundance of rare and interesting species of animals and plants abound. Both these unique areas of amazing biodiversity provide almost endless scope for scientific research.

Stronghold of the miraculous endemic Coco de Mer palm, the lush prehistoric forest known as the Vallée de Mai covers an area of 19.5 hectares. Graced by a multitude of unique tropical plant species, the area is also the exclusive home of the rare Black Parrot. There are only approximately 100-200 pairs of these birds in existence which thrive on the fruits and flowers of the mature palm forest. Recent research has focused on the conservation and ecology of these fascinating birds and on vegetation studies. Other key areas of interest include plant and animal biodiversity within the forest, demographic studies of the Coco de Mer palm, fire management and exotic plant species eradication.

The miraculous ecosystems of Aldabra represent a natural laboratory for the study of the processes of evolutionary ecology. The atoll is described by many scientists as an unrivalled platform for scientific discovery. Naturally, the world’s largest Aldabra giant tortoise population, estimated at  100,000 is a key area of research. There is much interest in effective tortoise monitoring as well as Hawksbill and Green turtle monitoring for which Aldabra is known to be a popular nesting site. 

There are several projects underway focusing on the taxonomic and genetic studies of avian species including the rail, the last of the flightless birds in a region renowned for the now extinct Dodo. Exotic species eradication is an ongoing concern. With eradicaiton of goats in 2012 progress has been made to prevent the species which threaten the wondrous habitats of this biodiversity rich atoll. Further work still needs to be conducted and this will be continued in 2013.

 
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  Free e-brochure for Vallee de Mai!
 
A new electronic brochure is now available for the Vallee de Mai. Free to download, this app will enhance your visit to this World Heritage Site. With a forest guide, information on visitor facilities and how to get there, this brochure is the perfect accompaniment both before and during your visit. Download it now!
 
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