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February 9, 2018. Life / Back from the Brink

Species Conservation in Mauritius Island – Pink Pigeon (2/3)

Russell A. Mittermeier, Anthony B. Rylands, Wes Sechrest, Penny F. Langhammer, John C. Mittermeier, Michael J. Parr, William R. Konstant, Roderic B. Mast

The Pink Pigeon had been rare for at least two centuries due to seasonal food shortages caused by the degradation of the native forest and the predation of eggs and young by rats and introduced monkeys. The adults are killed by feral cats and mongooses when foraging on the ground. By 1990, the wild population of Pink Pigeons had declined to just 9 or 10 birds.

From 1987 to 1999, 294 captive bred birds were released, cats and mongooses were trapped, and rats were controlled. This management was extended to the remaining wild birds and the population grew rapidly to about 400 in seven locations. It is now planned to establish additional subpopulations to increase the numbers to 600 birds.

Conservation Status: Endangered

 

This is an excerpt from the CEMEX Nature Series volume BACK FROM THE BRINK (2017)

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