The Seychelles islands support a wide variety of plant and animal species. In fewer than 250 years the ecosystems of most of the islands have been damaged beyond recovery. A large proportion of these are found only in these islands and some are iconic, such as the coco-de-mer Lodoicea maldivica and the giant tortoises. The islands were not visited by people until 1609 and not settled until 1772.
Further iformation on the fauna and flora of the islands can be found on the following pages: