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Saving the Pink Pigeon

Date posted: 
Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hundreds of years after the Dodo became extinct, conservationists in Mauritius are trying to save one of the birds relatives, the Pink Pigeon. The Dodo lived on the island of Mauritius before the year 1700 but was hunted to extinction.

Pink Pigeons grabbed the attention of conservationists world-wide when a few of the birds - thought to be extinct like the Dodo - were discovered in a tiny section of the forest in the 1970s. Efforts to save the bird have been fairly successful, despite the danger posed by rats, cats and monkeys brought to the island by settlers 400 hundred years ago.

Thanks to institutions like the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation there are now Pink Pigeon sanctuaries in Mauritius and the numbers have increased to some 400 birds - enough to suggest the bird will survive into the future.

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