Saturday, October 16, 2004

WEBSITE - The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation

Thanks to Harold, who gave me a great list of links to explore...

The first of them is to The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, which has pages on the Rodrigues Fruitbat, and also the Mauritius Kestrel and the Pink Pigeon which had plenty of mentions in the book of course.

I've added these "extra animals" to the side-bar list so we can keep an eye on these important supporting characters from the book.

In 2000, the IUCN classified the Mauritius Kestrel as VU - Vulnerable.
This species has been downgraded from Endangered because it has sustained population increases, owing to intensive conservation efforts. However, it still has a very small population and is thus classified as Vulnerable. With an estimated carrying capacity of only c.1,000 on Mauritius, it is always likely to have a very small population and therefore remain threatened.
In 2000, the IUCN classified the Pink Pigeon as EN - Endangered.
The population of this species has successfully been maintained at over 50 mature individuals since 1993, but over 250 only since 1996. It is therefore downlisted from Critically Endangered to Endangered, but not yet to Vulnerable. However, it seems doubtful that present populations could be maintained without the current intense management programme and, were management to cease, this species would stand a high risk of extinction. It still has an extremely small population, concentrated in just a few locations, and remains threatened by a continuing decline in the quality of suitable habitat.