Save Mauritius’ Wildlife
Save Mauritius’ wildlife
I learned this morning that 39 dead dolphins had washed up in Mahébourg Bay. It’s simply heart breaking to hear that on top of the reports of dead fish, crabs and seabirds fighting for their lives in the wake of the oil spillage from the Japanese cargo ship Wakashio, which ran aground on the reef around the southeast lagoon a month ago.
Mauritius is one of the most biodiverse islands on earth, with a high concentration of plants and animals unique to the region. According to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, its marine environment is home to 1,700 species including around 800 types of fish, 17 marine mammals and two turtle species, as well as coral reefs, seagrasses and mangroves. There are few marine environments like this, left in the world.
Although only 4% of the coastline is affected by the oil spillage, spillage, the location is an environmentally protected area of international importance. We are concerned about its impact on Mauritius’ endemic wildlife and fragile eco systems in the area, as well as the communities that depend on the bountiful sea for their livelihoods.
One place which was affected was Ile aux Aigrettes (Egret Island), a 26-hectare restored nature reserve and wildlife sanctuary which we know and love. If you have visited, you would remember spotting the delicate Pink Pigeon, one of the rarest birds in the world and watching Aldabra tortoises lumber under the only remaining coastal ebony forest. The lucky may also have glimpsed the endemic Mauritius Fody, Olive White-eye, Telfair Skink or Guenther’s gecko.
It is run by The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF), the islands largest non-governmental organisation (NGO) who acted swiftly to whisk boatloads of endemic plants, baby tortoises and endangered birds to safety, but they estimate it will take at least ten years to restore it to its previous state.
Thankfully, the oil didn’t reach the pristine Blue Bay Marine Park, a Ramsar site of international importance which is home to turtles, and rare corals.
Save Mauritius’ wildlife
If like us, you love Mauritius and want to do something to help, The LUX’ Collective, whose Mauritius hotels and resorts we feature, have partnered with award-winning British photographer, Mark Read to raise funds for endangered endemic wildlife. In this ‘art for good’ initiative, the proceeds of your purchase of a photographic print of Mauritius celebrating the beauty of the island, its ocean, flora and culture, go to The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF).
The Lux Collective – Photographer: Mark Read
These wildlife photos are not by this photographer (the ones on the link are), so if you want to put this for SEO purposes perhaps this should replace the title above? Or it should be credited to The LUX Collective [the latter two are actually from the Mauritius Wildlife Foundations collection but fine to credit LUX as they sent them (see here for all MWF’s photos https://www.mauritian-wildlife.org/projects}.
Get the t-shirt
Other options to help save Mauritius’ endemic wildlife are to adopt an animal for a year through The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF), which costs just £18 plus postage https://www.mauritian-wildlife.org/adoptananimal. The six species available for adoption are the endangered endemic Mauritius Fody and Olive White-eye, and the Pink Pigeon, Echo Parakeet and Ornate Day gecko, as well as the Aldabra Giant Tortoise.
OR THE BANGLE
One of our esteemed partners, Patrick Mavros, designs beautiful jewellery to reflect the natural world of Mauritius. They are donating 10% of the proceeds of their new ‘Forged by the Ocean’ bangle, to the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF). You can buy it here https://www.patrickmavros.com/pages/forged-by-the-ocean.
Or, you could donate to The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF)’s Wakashio Fund directly at, https://www.mauritian-wildlife.org/donate