Mauritian Conservation Science and Management Meeting, Cardiff, June 2019

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.

 


Earlham institute
Quadram Institute Bioscience
John Innes Centre
The Sainsbury Laboratory
NHS NNUH
University of East Anglia

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