Remember to book your trip to Ile aux Aigrettes (SE of Mauritius) and get a glimpse of what Mauritius looked like before the first settlers landed on the island.
The natural reserve is maintained by botanists and scientists. Ile aux Aigrettes is a coral island and strangely enough, despite being at only 800 metres away from the coastline, the temperature by warmer by 3 to 4 degrees celsius. Make sure you have a cap and enough water for the 1.5 hour walk through the endemic vegetation, from olive wood to the ebony stump. Letichia, one of the local guides from the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, walks you through history and the stages of the conservation and protection of the different species on the island. The conservation project extends to the Black River Gorges National Park located in the south-west of Mauritius. Mauritius Fruit Bats, Telfair skinks (from Round Island), pink pigeons, the Mauritian fody and Aldabra Giant Tortoises (from Seychelles and the only surviving species in the Indian Ocean) have started to create the balance in the ecosystem on the island. While some are bred in captivity, others wander freely for their seed dispersal role.
By A.V.TAYER. Mauritius Island. 21st of May 2017.
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