EXTANT: Surviving compatriots of the dodo

This multimedia article is a reminder that the Island of Mauritius lost much more than the dodo. But despite the numerous species lost and current high level of endangerment, particularly for the native flora , Mauritian biodiversity have high conservation value and holds several treasures as illustrated by five extant species. See full article HERE Continue reading EXTANT: Surviving compatriots of the dodo

Unprepared for climate change: Mauritius needs to go beyond treating the symptoms of environmental degradation

Climate change is no longer a far away potential threat but a reality for many countries, particularly for islands like Mauritius. Observed climatic changes and their impacts on the island include a rise in average air temperature by  0.74 – 1.2 °C, sea level rising by more than 2.1 mm/year resulting in salinisation of agricultural land in some regions  and an increase in the frequency … Continue reading Unprepared for climate change: Mauritius needs to go beyond treating the symptoms of environmental degradation

Politics matter: The undoing of conservation progress in the land of the dodo

The island of Mauritius is known, particularly in the conservation circle, for the ill-fated dodo and its conservation success stories, which include the recovery of iconic avian species such as the Mauritius kestrel (Falco punctatus) and the Pink pigeon (Nesoenas mayeri) which were near extinction several decades ago. However, behind this veil of achievements, local political realities is increasingly making the protection and management of … Continue reading Politics matter: The undoing of conservation progress in the land of the dodo

Threatened species: 5 key facts on the Mauritian flying fox

Originally published in French in a Mauritian newspaper and targeting the Mauritian audience and some of the local misconceptions: here. 1.What is the Mauritian flying fox? The Mauritian flying fox (Pteropus niger) is a species of fruit bat, found only in the Mascarenes. Majority of  individuals of this species are found in Mauritius, where it is the sole survivor of three species of frugivorous bats … Continue reading Threatened species: 5 key facts on the Mauritian flying fox

Fruit bats in Mauritius: the countdown

The island of Mauritius has a unique biodiversity which is characteristics of insular ecosystems. However it has also suffered large extent of deforestation alongside the loss of several species. Prior to the arrival of the first human settlers, the island used to have three species of fruit bats. Currently only one of these species persist on the island and due to successive culling, it now … Continue reading Fruit bats in Mauritius: the countdown

When only one tree is left

In the span of 380 years of human colonisation, which amount to less than  0.005 % of its age geologically, the island of Mauritius went from being completely covered with forests to now having only about 5 % of the original forest remaining. Concurrently, the island lost hundreds of species including the famous dodo.  would like to think that I am not the only one … Continue reading When only one tree is left