Mauritius - The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation

BirdLife Affiliate

Founded in 1984
Members: 17
Staff: 80
Grannum Road, Vacoas, MU
Tel: (230) 697-6117; Fax: (230) 697-6512

Mission Statement

  • To save threatened Mauritian species through the restoration of entire ecosystems.
  • To seek new information through field research, data management, captive studies and scientific collaboration for direct application to restoration methods and management.
  • To share knowledge gained through restoration programmes with fellow Mauritian and international conservationists.
  • To share the joys and benefits of native wilderness and wildlife with the Mauritian people.
  • To secure the future of Mauritian species through income generation and sound management of human, fiscal and capital resources.

Key activities

  • Restoration of critically endangered birds. Techniques were developed and used successfully: captive breeding, head-starting using harvested eggs and young, reintroduction, translocations, supplemental feeding of free-living birds, provision of nest-boxes, enhancement of natural nest-sites, control and exclusion of invasive alien mammals around feeding and nesting sites.
  • Monitoring of bird populations. Census distribution and numbers of endemic birds and monitoring of survival and productivity.
  • Long-term research. All bird restoration programmes have been supported by research evaluating the affect of management practices and analyzing patterns of productivity and survival.
  • Conservation of critically endangered plant species. These are grown in nurseries from seeds, cutting or seedlings harvested from the wild and head-started. 
  • Restoration of the plant communities. Propagating native plants and using nursery grown plants to rebuild plant communities. Managing plant communities by controlling invasive plants.
  • Ecotourism and education programmes. Running an ecotourism project on Ile aux Aigrettes for 15 years and education programmes on Ile aux Aigrettes and Rodrigues for school children. On Rodrigues, we also run community education projects on biodiversity and conservation.
  • Training in conservation. Runs in house courses for staff, volunteers and partners, one-off courses on conservation management to national stakeholders in Mauritius and Rodrigues and is currently partnering in the development of a Post Graduate Diploma in Endangered Species Recovery.


Recent achievements

Our best known achievement is the saving of the Mauritian Kestrel. MWF has in recent years, brought Pink Pigeon, Echo Parakeet and Mauritius Fody back from the brink of extinction. MWF's work in the area of captive-breeding and hands-on wild management of endemic animals is of internationally high repute. Our expertise is also being used in Rodrigues to address problems caused by degradation of habitat. Here we are propagating native plants in nurseries and planting them out to restore vegetation communities. Forest restoration work in Rodrigues has supported the recovery of Rodrigues Fody and Rodrigues Warbler with a downlisting in 2013 to Near Threatened from very low numbers in the 70s. Rodrigues Fruit Bat population has also recovered significantly from being the rarest bat in the world in the 70s. The Foundation also works actively to restore offshore islands, by removing exotic vertebrates and plants and by restoring vegetation and vertebrate communities. MWF is currently working on several islands including Ile aux Aigrettes, Round Island, Ile aux Cocos and Ile aux Sables. All of these are high profile projects of national and global biological significance.


MWF is a registered charity (Reg no. 2143) and the only Non-Governmental organisation in Mauritius to be exclusively concerned with the conservation and preservation of the Mauritian nation's endangered plants and animals. MWF and its Council are also advised by a number of scientific associates from organisations that fund or support it, namely The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, The International Zoo Veterinary Group, North of England Zoological Society, the World Parrot Trust (UK), the New Zealand Department of Conservation and The Natural History Museum (London). 

MWF works in close cooperation with the Government of Mauritius, in particular with the National Parks & Conservation Service and the Ministry of Environment.

MWF is a member of the IUCN and is currently running 20 projects in 2013.