Mauritius. Flora and fauna of Mauritius

Flora and fauna of Mauritius: where to see the island’s animals and plants

Before colonizers landed on the shores of the island of Mauritius, the entire island was covered with tropical forests inhabited by hundreds of species of birds and animals. Now only one-third of the island’s original natural treasures remain. The natural parks of Mauritius offer everyone the opportunity to touch the world of wildlife. You can book a tour to La Vanille Nature Reserve on the island of Mauritius here .

Parks of Mauritius – La Vanille Nature Park

A nature reserve which was opened in 1985 as a nursery for crocodiles. Over time, the fauna of the park has expanded and turned it into a giant zoo.

500 rupees for adults, 250 for children under 12

Friday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tues, Wed, Thu – weekends.

Before entering the park you can see the sheep, deer and goats that live on a small farm. Its visit is included in the ticket price.

The spacious animal enclosures in the park are surrounded by bamboo thickets, palm trees and banana trees. These are the most common plants of Mauritius. In the middle of these trees you will see several species of crocodiles and alligators. The most interesting hours to visit are at lunchtime. This is when the alligators are feeding.

Next to the predators are giant turtles. This park in Mauritius is the only place where turtles live in enclosures. Anyone can go to them to be photographed, and children under 12 years are even allowed to ride on them.

In addition to crocodiles and turtles in the park “La Vanilla” live lemurs, bats, monkeys and a large insectarium, which collected more than 20 thousand different insects in a dried form.

After a walk through the park you can go to a local restaurant and try the meat of crocodiles. The prices at the restaurant are slightly lower than in other places in Mauritius:

  • a glass of Coke – 90 rupees,
  • juice – 190 rupiah,
  • chicken dishes from 250 rupees,
  • Beef burger – 310 rupees,
  • crocodile burger – 550 rupees.
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You can take photos throughout the park.

Black River Gorges Park, Mauritius (Georges de la Riviere Noire): rare birds and plants

Mauritius Black River Gorge Park covers an area of six thousand hectares. Here is also the highest peak of Mauritius Riviere Noire. Tourists come here to see the birds and strange plants.

  • Location: southwest of the island.
  • Cost to visit: free of charge.
  • Open daily from 07:00 to 16:00.

Almost a quarter of the animals and plants of Mauritius that are found in Black Rhee Park

  • The Gorges Mountains are found only in this area and nowhere else. Ornithologists from all over the world come here to observe nine species of the rarest birds. For example, Mauritius Park is home to:
  • pink pigeon (only found on the island);
  • the cuckoo shrike;
  • Kestrel;

The Mauritius Javelina parrot (long considered an endangered species, its population is now beginning to recover).

Walking among the shady forests of the park tourists can meet these rare birds, as well as wild boars, Javanese deer and macaws.

But it’s not just the animals that Black River Gorge Park is famous for. Its flora includes dry, mountain and wet forests. There are more than 300 species of plants: bamboo, palms, palm trees with edible core, ravenola, wild guava, and more.

If you decide to go for a walk in the park, be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes, and take with you a snack and water – there is no infrastructure and stores in this place.

What else is rich in nature in Mauritius

There are many more outlandish plants and animals waiting for travelers in the protected areas and even on the ordinary beaches of this paradise island.

The beautiful Casuarina trees, introduced to Mauritius from far away Australia, provide shade along the coast. They are unusual trees with fluffy “needles” and fruits resembling a mixture of cones and berries. Coconut palms and banyan trees can be found all over the island. Banyans have become one of the main attractions among tourists, as it is very beautiful to get in photos: these trees spread their branches and roots very widely, creating an unusual intertwining.

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A separate pleasure in Mauritius will get fruit lovers. Bananas, pineapples, mangoes, guavas, lychees, papayas and other exotic delicacies grow here.

In the shade of these plants can be found and animals: deer, wild boar, goats, sheep, mongoose, monkeys quietly stroll along the forest paths.

If you like seafood or fishing, the island will not disappoint you. There are more than two hundred species of fish and other sea creatures underwater here. In Mauritius, you can fish for marlin, sailfish, barracuda, tuna, and dorado. There are sharks in the waters of Mauritius, but they are not a danger to humans.

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