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A rocky beach on Ile D'Ambre
Fauna & Flora
Biodiversity and Environment Institute
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Found inside the lagoon off the north east coast of Mauritius,
Ile D'Ambre is about 140 hectares in total area. Its nearest point
is only about 400 metres from the coast line. The island is under
the responsibility of the Forestry Services of the Ministry for
Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Resources.
Much of the coastline of l'ile d'Ambre is surrounded by mangrove
trees or rocks. There practically are no sandy beaches, except
on ilot Bernache which is very close to ile d'Ambre and can be
considered to be part of it.
The Mangrove on this island is doing well and new seedlings can be seen growing out of the sand.
Fauna and Flora
Before the arrival of man, a number of native palm species and a lowland endemic forest were present on the island. Subsequently, a commercial forest plantation consisting of Tecoma and Pine trees was established on the island.
In the north east a very small colony of ten endemic palm trees ( Latania loddigessii) still exists but there appears to be no regeneration.
(Latania loddigessii, Palmae)
In certain parts of the island, outgrowth of Aloe plants, Furcraea
foetida is a threat to the forest floor as it is to the few remaining
stretches of lowland forests on the main land.
The bird life consists of five different species of which one is endemic, the Grey White Eye.
It is surprising to note that there is a very good population of butterflies on the island, some of which are endemic.
The following table lists the species of butterflies found on the island.
No scientific study of these butterflies has been done yet with respect to population dynamics, diversity or ecological importance.
There is the potential danger of fire breakouts wiping out the
butterflies population. The undergrowth of the island must be
managed to ensure survival of the species.
On the island, there are a few interesting features like a small and old stone building most probably erected when the island was French, an inland salt lake and a marshy salt pond.
(The Marshy Salt Pond)
The Biodiversity and Environment Institute
The Biodiversity and Environment Institute has received funds from the United Nations Development Fund for the rehabilitation of this island. The programme is underway.
The programme consists of the following projects:
Last Update: 5th October 1999
Date on the web: 29th July 1998