Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Mauritius Birds and Fish

There are 11 endemic birds on the island of Mauritius. Of course that was very exciting to Paul and I and we had to try to see some of them! We were lucky and managed to see four of the endemics, all of which are high on the endangered list. Mauritius has some really interesting conservation activities going on to save their birds, we visited the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation and met with a biologist who has been instrumental in bringing at least three of the endemic species back from the brink of extinction. 

 Mauritius Fody (endemic) - approximately 220 mature birds left

 Mauritius Fody (female, endemic)

 Mauritius Olive White-Eye (endemic) - approximately 250 mature birds left

 Mauritius Fody

 Pink Pigeon (endemic) - approximately 250 mature birds left brought back from only 9

Madagascar Fody

Red Whiskered Bulbul

Barred Ground Dove

Madagascar Fody

Mauritius Grey White-Eye (endemic)

Red Whiskered Bulbul

House Sparrow

Common Myna

Mauritius Skink (endemic)

Seychelles Turtle

Paul and I also managed to get in a day of diving, which was fantastic!

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