Cousin Island is a small 27 hectare island lying just 2 km south south west of Praslin. It is protected by law as a Special Reserve and is run by Nature Seychelles. Until 1968, cousin island was a coconut plantation. Because most of its native plants had been stripped, the Seychelles warbler bird had almost become extinct on the island. Birdlife International later bought the island, and through great determination, put into returning the island to its original natural state, the warbler population has regrown to some 3000 birds.
Giant tortoises can be seen roaming the island and the veteran ’George‘, the oldest, is over a hundred years old. Aside from birds, other species of animals can be seen on Cousin, terrapins make their homes in marshes on the island, skink, gecko and bronze eye gecko also roam around freely. To ensure that the bird species are no longer in danger, all of the birds natural predators - cats and rats - have been eliminated.
Cousin has a very popular ecotourism program which has led it to receive several prizes. The island receives both international and local visitors 5 days a week and guided tours are given so as to ensure a proper balance of eco-tourism. It is strictly forbidden to picnic, collect shells, leave litter, smoke, light fires, use chemical products or collect eggs and plants on Cousin.