Mauritius island

Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometres off the southeast coast of the African continent.

Mauritius is surrounded by more than 150 kilometres of white sandy beaches and the lagoons are protected from the open sea by the world’s third largest coral reef, which surrounds the island.  Just off the Mauritian coast lie some 49 uninhabited islands and islets, some of them are used as natural reserves for the protection of endangered species.

The environment in Mauritius is typically tropical in the coastal regions with forests in the mountainous areas.

The country is home to some of the world’s rarest plants and animals but human habitation and the introduction of non-native species have threatened its indigenous flora and fauna.

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Chamarel waterfall

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Calotes versicolor (Pointe au Piment)

Day Geckos

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Phelsuma cepediana (Pamplemousse)

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Phelsuma cepediana (Pamplemousse)

The original tail of adult Phelsuma cepediana is not red banded as it is the case for Phelsuma ornata.

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Phelsuma ornata (Pointe aux piments)

Phelsuma ornata is often confused with Phelsuma cepediana. To distinguishing the two species, the red „T“ shape on the head of Phelsuma ornata, as well as the red bands on the original tail.

 

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Phelsuma grandis (Casela Park)

Introduced from Madagascar, or via an introduced Population in La Réunion, in the mid 1990s. The phelsuma grandis have now a very wide distribution area on the Island (Casela, Flic en Flac, Port Louis, Pamplemousse, Grand Baie,…).

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Geochelone gigantea (Casela Park)

Originally from the Aldabra Atoll, Charles Darwin with other notable naturalists of the late 1800s and the governor of Mauritius introduced a population  to Mauritius to safe- guard against the potential loss of the species within their natural range.

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Achatina fulica (Chamarel)

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Tenrec ecaudatus- Tailless Tenrec (Pointe aux Piments)