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Mauritius: Charting the Future of an African Outlier

Travels across the South Indian Ocean can be nicely punctuated with an exotic stopover on the small island state of Mauritius. The country boasts a fine airline which flies regularly to Australia and connects to various destinations on the African continent with which it shares geopolitical allegiances, including membership in the African Union. In January…

Saving the most endangered parrot on earth from going the way of the dodo…

In the late 1980s, the Echo or Mauritian parakeet (Psittacula eques) was considered the most endangered parrot on earth and researchers, who by that time were getting really good at finding them, could only account for 4 or 5 pairs in the wild. These emerald green parakeets are only found on the island of Mauritius…

Alien Ants Prevent Geckos Pollinating Endangered Flower

The critically endangered Roussea flower has been vanishing from Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean. Now scientists have figured out why. “The blue-tailed gecko is the only pollinator and seed disperser for the flower,” says biologist Dennis Hansen. But alien ants that have invaded the island “have also taken a liking to the flower…