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The legacy of the dodo—conservation in Mauritius

  • Anthony Cheke (a1)


Over the years Oryx has published several papers on the wildlife of Mauritius and its neighbouring islands and islets, and the Oryx 100% Fund has contributed towards some of the conservation work being done there. The author, who first visited Mauritius with the British Ornithologists' Union Expedition in 1973 and has played an active role in conservation plans since, brings us up to date with conservation in the area and highlights the steps that are essential if the wildlife that remains is to be saved.



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Barré, N. and Barau, A. 1982. Oiseaux de la Reunion. Publ, by authors, Réunion.
Bullock, D. and North, S. 1984. Round Island in 1982. Oryx, 18, 3641.
Bullock, D. J. 1986. The ecology and conservation of reptiles on Round Island and Gunner's Quoin, Mauritius. Biol. Conserv. 37, 135156.
Bullock, D.J., Arnold, E.N. and Bloxam, Q. 1985. A new endemic gecko from Mauritius. J. Zool. Lond. (A) 206, 591599.
Carroll, J.B. 1982. The wild status and behaviour of the Rodrigues fruit bat Pteropus rodricensis. A report of the 1981 field study. Dodo, 18, 2029.
Cheke, A.S. 1975. Proposition pour introduire à la Rèunion des oiseaux rares de Maurice. Info-Nature, He Réunion, 12, 2529.
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Cheke, A.S. 1983. Status and ecology of the Mauritius Fody Foudia rubra, an endangered species. Natl. Geog. Soc. Res. Rep. 15, 4356.
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Cheke, A.S. 1987a. An ecological history of the Mascarene Islands, with particular reference to extinctions and introductions of land vertebrates. In Studies of Mascarene Island Birds (Ed. Diamond, A. W.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Cheke, A.S. 1987b. The ecology of the smaller native land-birds of Mauritius. In Studies of Mascarene Island Birds (Ed. Diamond, A. W.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
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  • Anthony Cheke (a1)


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