Mascarene forests

WWF Abstract

Imagine the relief of European sailors in the 1600s when they glimpsed the high volcanic profiles of Mauritius and RĂ©union Islands or the low, gentle hills of Rodrigues Island rising out of the vast Indian Ocean. The dense green forest and palm savanna of Mauritius was a tropical paradise, with soaring ebony trees draped in lush lianas, orchids, and vines. Fresh food was abundant, especially in the form of the dodo, a large, flightless bird the size of a turkey that showed no fear of humans.
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Biome:Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Countries:France, Mauritius
Area:1,215,998 acres (492,097 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER