Around eight million years ago an earth-shattering explosion happened. The bed of the Indian Ocean ruptured, and basalt was thrown into the sky. After the calm, an enthralling new world emerged. Unusual plants and fantastic creatures made their way but not for long.
When the Dutch first settled here, they thought they’d found the Garden of Eden. They started enjoying its flourishing forest and the fauna. Some say the unhindered killing and deforestation was the beginning of the end of several species of animals and plants.
Nonetheless, Mauritius has its own share of wildlife, albeit a relatively low diverse. Due to its isolation from large land masses, Mauritius initially had no terrestrial mammals. The only mammals that could make their way to the island are bats and marine mammals. A high proportion of these widespread species which are seen nowhere else in the world. Some of it are near extinct and Dodo, its national bird, has already become so. Eventually several species of mammals were introduced in the island later when seafaring was the order of the day.
Like many of us, I always thought beaches made Mauritius beautiful but I was so wrong!
For animal and bird lovers, it’s a great opportunity to learn more about the lives of the giant tortoises, crocodiles, rare Pink Pigeon, Echo Parakeet, and other endangered animals. You can do so in Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park, Ile Aux Aigrettes Island and other various Nature Reserves. The giant tortoises were brought here from the Seychelles, to help spread seeds.
You can say hello to lions, Caracals, Tigers, Zebras, Ostriches, Deer, African Antelopes, White Rhinoceros, Impalas, Kudus, Camels, Mauritius Kestrel and many more.
Red beaked ‘Pink pigeon’ is almost on the brink of extinction. By 1990, there were only nine of them left. Although its numbers are slowly recovering, it’s still one of the rarest birds in the world.
There are various animal discovery expeditions which are part of the many Safari & Wildlife activities. Mauritius Attractions offers you several interesting day packages depending on your preference.
Conservation and preservation work of the nation’s endangered plant and animal species work in Mauritius is carried out by the National Parks and Conservation Service (NPCS) and by non-governmental organizations such as Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF) and Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (DWCT). Efforts to preserve native flora and fauna includes captive breeding, habitat restoration and the eradication of introduced species.
Protection also involves three National Parks, Nature Reserves, and a range of other protected areas, and botanical gardens for education and public outreach.
Have you thought of Mauritius as wildlife rich?
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