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