Tag Archives: Mauritius

Biodiversity challenge – Round Island burrowing boa

Round number

Report from Round Island,
North of Mauritius:
Burrowing boa
Numbers in free fall,
Plummeting lower
No hope at all.

Round Island update,
Strangely propitious:
Burrowing boa
No longer declining.
For every extinction
A silver lining.

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014.

Species profile: Round Island burrowing boa 

IUCN Red List Category: Extinct

Last recorded in 1975, the Round Island burrowing boa declined rapidly following the introduction of rabbits and goats, which consumed the native vegetation, resulting in widespread soil erosion and degradation of its palm forest habitat.

Biodiversity challenge – Echo parakeet

Say again, not over

A rare parrot found only
On the island of Mauritius
Has made a remarkable recovery
And is off the critical list.
The echo parakeet
Was down to just
A handful of birds
At one stage before
Bouncing back from
The brink of extinction.
This represents,
It is worth repeating,
Nothing short of a
Spectacular comeback
Spectacular comeback
Spectacular comeback.

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014.

Biodiversity challenge – Dodo

A warning from history

DodoPicture a pigeon as tall as a turkey,
With miniature wings that were too weak to worky.
The rest of the facts are a little bit murky,
But one thing’s for certain – the dodo was quirky.
The sailors who found him decided to eat him,
And thought it was fun to surround him and beat him.
The dodo was tame and the humans were vicious;
They clubbed him to death on the isle of Mauritius.
Doomed from the moment that he was discovered,
His species soon dwindled and never recovered.
He was flightless and harmless and helpless and dumb.
And now he’s extinct. Gone forever. Ho-hum.

© Tim Knight and timknightwriter, 2014.