Mauritian Conservation Science and Management Meeting, Cardiff, June 2019
July 2, 2019 1:27: pm | by Sarah Clarke
The Mauritian Conservation Science and Management Meeting was held at Cardiff University on the 19th and 20th June 2019. The two-day meeting showcased a large range of conservation projects on endangered wildlife and flora of Mauritius. This included studies on the Echo Parakeet, Mauritius Kestrel, Mauritius Fody, the Bojer’s Skinks on the South-eastern islands, critically endangered plant species on Round Island, as well as conservation work conducted at Chester Zoo. There were various talks on the pink pigeon, which was recently down-listed on the IUCN Red List from Endangered to Vulnerable. One of the projects partially funded by ELSA investigates the population genomics of the pink pigeon. A presentation by Prof. Cock van Oosterhout showed the impacts of a population bottleneck on the genetic variation and viability of the free-living pink pigeon population on Mauritius. It showed that although the population numbers had recovered from around 12 birds in the 1970 – 1980s to approximately 400 in 2019, the impact of the bottleneck is likely to have long-term consequences for viability of the population. Genetic supplementation with captive bred birds from zoos in the UK and Europe might be needed to maintain a viable population in the long term.
Photo: Participants of the Mauritian Conservation Science and Management Meeting at Cardiff University on the 19th and 20th June 2019.