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 F L O R A L I S ... conservation in action

. It is widely recognized that the resources of Mauritius have been exploited and modified by humans to such an extent over the last 350 years that very little remains in any semblance of its natural condition. The area of natural vegetation is now extremely small and most of the native animals are either extinct or highly endangered.

The fact that this is a small, relatively isolated island has meant that its native plants and animals have evolved into unique and fascinating forms and species. These must have existed in large numbers and, before human settlement, they faced a very limited range of predators and threats. 

But, subsequently, most of the native forest has been cleared for plantation, commercial forestry and other intensive uses. Small pockets of native forest remain, particuliarly in the Bel Ombre-Macabe area, the Black River Gorges - which is now the National Park on the island, and some mountain reserves.

Le Mondrain
Mondrain Nature Reserve - Establishment by Royal Society of Arts and Sciences One such reserve is the "Le Mondrain" reserve. 

The Mondrain Reserve, situated on the crest of the Vacoas ridge overlooking the Magenta valley was established in the year 1979 by the Royal Society of Arts and Science, Mauritius.

Covering five hectares of hillside at an altitude of 500 - 530 m, the area is owned by the Medine Sugar Estate - thus a private reserve. This terrain was generously leased to the Society for the preservation of its unique flora of which some are today almost entirely restricted to this small reserve.

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