Last September, I accepted an exciting opportunity to work as a conservation biologist for the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation on their pioneering project introducing the Aldabra giant tortoise to Round Island, Mauritius. Since the extinction of the endemic Mauritian giant tortoises almost two centuries ago, there has been a need to replace important species interactions that have been lost within the ecosystem. The Aldabra giant tortoises were selected as an analogue species to try and fill this gap within the environment.
I have now been living on Round Island for the past 3 months and I can definitely say that it is a truly magical place. Due to the fragile ecosystem on the island the public are not allowed to visit unless they are granted special permission. Of course, this decision is very understandable but it is also a great shame that most people will never get to see this truly beautiful environment.
I really do feel so incredibly lucky to be able to live and work in this amazing place so I made the decision when I arrived that I would share some of my experiences with the rest of the world. So I dusted off my vlogging camera and decided to give my YouTube channel another kick start to show people just what the island has to offer and the need to protect these small but essential island ecosystems. So without further ado, here is what you can expect from the next 6 months:
Weekly vlogs! Yes you heard that right. I am going to try and film enough videos to release once a week (most likely Thursdays, time and internet access dependant) for the next 6 months. Yes, that is a lot of videos, but there is so much to show and talk about that to be honest if I was given the time I could probably produce way more videos than this.
So to give you a taster of what to expect in these videos I will hopefully be showing you a lot of the endemic wildlife you can find in Mauritius including some very close encounters with a few of them. I will be talking about the work that I am doing with the foundation as well as work the foundation is doing on a larger scale. I will also hopefully be filming some videos with some of the other field staff that work here so you can get a taster of the exciting and essential work that they are doing. Of course there is a lot more to come but you will just have to wait and see!