Hello from the new intern - Elena Wonneberger
Time flies by so fast, almost a week passed since I arrived to beautiful Anse Intendance and the Wildlife Conservation & Rehabilitation Centre at the Banyan Tree Resort!
After a first shock, coming from the cold and rainy Belgium where I currently do my master’s in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, to the hot and humid Seychelles, I quickly adapted to the new climate. Also the adaptation to this, for me, new country went quite quick as I was warmly welcomed by an amazing team and the two terrapins, Chichi and Ganji, that currently stay in the centre for their rehabilitation.
|Elena trapping terrapins|
On the first day of my two months internship I already caught two terrapins in the traps that are set out in the surrounding wetlands to monitor the populations. After measuring, weighting and releasing them back in their natural habitat the traps are set out again.
Unfortunately I’m late for the sea turtles, their nesting season is just over. But luckily I can nevertheless do something for them! I am going to map their preferred nesting sites and relate this to environmental parameters, like vegetation, and I will also look how the lights can impact nesting sea turtles and hatchlings.
I’m excited for what the next two months will bring and looking forward to all the new experiences!