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Most people know Mauritius as a paradise for holidays and honeymoons. But it’s also the site of terrible devastation: only 5% of its original native forest remains today.
We’re working with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation to turn things around – and we’ve already saved several species from extinction.
Mauritius was once home to perhaps the most famous extinct bird: the dodo. And with so little of the island’s original forest left, it’s not surprising that around ten other bird species have vanished.
Many plants and animals are unique to Mauritius and its neighbouring island of Rodrigues. It’s a ‘biodiversity hotspot’ that urgently needs greater protection. Without help, the flora and fauna of these beautiful islands could go the way of the dodo.
Act for Wildlife supports the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF), one of the greatest success stories in conservation. They and their partners have saved the Mauritius kestrel, echo parakeet and pink pigeon from extinction.
Since 1987, MWF has been managing the lle aux Aigrettes nature reserve. This little island is a glorious showcase of Mauritian wildlife – a reminder of how Mauritius was before European settlers arrived. It’s a sanctuary for animals and plants that exist nowhere else in the world, and the perfect place to raise awareness of their beauty and importance.
The echo parakeet is just one of the bird species we work with. It is a great symbol of the work we do and what we have achieved so far in Mauritius. In 1986 there were only about 12 of these birds left, making it the world’s rarest parrot. We have worked hard to help save it, by creating and protecting nests, providing food and rearing birds that we then release into the wild. There are now about 570 echo parakeets in the wild.
I’m both a midwife and health visitor for echo parakeets and this is what I’m proudest of. I look at the eggs to make sure they are fertile, then check the hatched chicks to make sure they don’t have any disease and take blood samples. Then I check them again once they have fledged successfully.
You can help too. With more funds we can continue and expand our work. Yes, we have had some amazing success, but there are more challenges ahead of us. Mauritius is a paradise island. But with so much of its natural history already lost forever, we all have to work hard together to keep it that way. Please sponsor me and the Mauritius project!
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