Portraits of Resilience

That causes the leaves to dry up... resulting in flash floods

In the exotic Valleé de Mai found on Praslin in Seychelles, lives a wonderful  creature, as tiny as my thumb -- an amazing miniature frog found only in this paradise. It makes a big sound, almost the same as a bird. Daniel Jessie, a fi eld worker, fi rst discovered it in 2009. It was found near the visitors’ centre. And you can see them mostly at night in the north of the Valleé de Mai.

The Miniature Frog of Vallée de Mai

Gardiners frog, or Sooglossus gardineri, is the name given to this extraordinary amphibian that is totally in danger from predators like the hedgehog, rats and crazy yellow ants that tend to feed on them. Also their existence is not really well known by the people of Seychelles. According to the research, there are believed to be four species of the frog.

Due to world development and the changes in climate that are causing high temperature, the frogs are affected enormously. If the high temperature that causes the leaves to dry up continues it could mean the frog would have to migrate up into the vast mountain, where the temperature is cooler with a humid environment. So we need to be careful with this soft and precious gift from God because we might lose it in a blink of an eye.

Thank God that the people that know it exists are trying to preserve it  by using different methods such as teaching our nation about this  gorgeous present, to try to convince them to decrease the amount of  littering. It is also important to educate tourists to be careful because of the fungus that can be brought in the valleé itself because there are some kinds of fungus that destroy the frogs. Therefore to make sure of its safety we are taking as many precautions as possible.

If the campaign succeeds, we think that the number of frogs will increase as fast as a sport car. Because we believe that my nation is ready to hold their hands together to help our little creatures. 

— Ella Lesperance and Nelly Barbé

The Green Heart of Praslin

There is a country named the Seychelles and there is an island named Praslin. On Praslin we can fi nd lots of endemic plants. Our endemic plants are being affected by climate change. The plants that are affected are broad leaved species -- palm trees such as the coco-de-mer. They are mostly found in the Vallee-de-Mai.
The plants are affected by the pattern of rainfall as it has changed. In the old days the Northwest monsoon would last six months and bring rain clouds and normally heavy rain. Lately rain clouds are not forming and when it does come, it is very heavy (200 mm) in 2 hours resulting in fast fl oods. The soil cannot absorb the water. It just runs off.
Climate change will affect the Vallee-de-Mai in the future. If rain doesn’t come as it should in the rainy season, the water catchments won’t gather water. If the water decreases, the leaves of the coco-de-mer leaves will turn yellow and that of course will be chaos. This will increase the risk of fi re. We have to protect this nature reserve and world heritage site by taking extra precautions because if the Vallee-de-Mai catches fi re many things will be lost such as the  coco-de-mer, Praslin snalils, Black Parrot, geckos..., etc.

If the temperature continues to rise and the dry season becomes longer, the water catchment will surely disappear. If our beautiful island is affected in this way, this will reduce the number of people visiting the paradise island, which is well known for the famous Vallee-de-Mai.

I am begging the whole world, as well as the Praslinois, to keep our endemic coco-de-mer palms now and forever.

— Melissa Camille

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