Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (Vacoas, )

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  • Organization Name:Mauritian Wildlife Foundation
  • Address:Grannum Road

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  • Mission:
  • Application is made through The University of Bristol Foundation Inc., an independent US non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which mission is to support the University of Bristol and other related educational institutions.
    The application will support a project supported by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF) which is the only non-governmental organization in Mauritius to be exclusively concerned with the conservation and preservation of the nation's endangered species. Their mission is:
    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

  • Overview:
  • The conservation work carried out in Mauritius provides some of the world's most successful stories. This is due to the Mauritan Wildlife Foundation's restoration work started in the 1970s, which has succeeded in rescuing the Mauritius Kestrel Falco punctatus, Echo Parakeet Psittacula eques and Pink Pigeon Nesoenas mayeri, from the brink of extinction. We also develop protocols for the rescue of native plant species and we work in Rodrigues restoring the flora and fauna, replanting the native forest. MWF has been actively involved with island restoration in particular on Ile aux Aigrettes and Round Island, both of which contain highly threatened biodiversity of global importance. These conservation efforts will benefit future generations of Mauritians. MWF promotes local capacity building and provides local employment through its activities. MWF continues to flourish as a strong, vibrant and innovative organization.
    The activities of MWF include :
    • Ecosystem restoration on islands e.g. Ile aux Aigrettes, Round Island, Ile Cocos (Rodrigues) and mainland Mauritius and Rodrigues e.g. Mondrain, Grande Montagne and Anse Quitor.
    • Education and ecotourism. On Ile aux Aigrettes, educational and ecotourism tours have been conducted since pre-1997. On Rodrigues, MWF runs an education programme in schools and villages conducting talks, tours of nature reserves, and organising Conservation Days for community volunteers.
    • Captive breeding/rearing and intensive management of wild/free-living endemic birds. MWF has restored the populations of Mauritius Kestrel Falco punctatus, Pink Pigeon Nesoenas mayeri and Echo Parakeet Psittacula eques, and is currently restoring the Mauritius Fody Foudia rubra, Mauritius Olive White-eye Zosterops chloronothos, and other endemic passerines. Long-term population and ecological studies exist for the Rodrigues Warbler Acrocephalus rodricanus and Rodrigues Fody Foudia flavicans.
    • Restoring reptile communities on islands. Sequential releases of combinations of seven endemic reptiles on six different islands, and analogue translocations of tortoises on two islands.
    • Seabird research and conservation. Long term study on the restoration of the Round Island Petrel Pterodroma spp. Translocations of seabirds onto an island where they have been lost and population studies of breeding species.
    • Plant conservation. Developing methods to increase populations of threatened plant species through propagations in nurseries, representation in field gene-banks, reintroduction into protected areas, and protection of wild founders.
    • Fruit Bat research and conservation. Captive breeding studies of fruit-bat of Mauritius Pteropus niger and Rodrigues, and long-term population monitoring of Rodrigues Fruit-Bat P. rodricensis.
    • Research. Studies to support the conservation work. Long-term population monitoring of restored and focal populations of plants, reptiles, birds and bats have been set up.
    • Training in conservation. Hold courses for staff, volunteers on invasive species management and island species conservation for Mauritius, Rodrigues and partners and is currently developing a Post-Graduate Diploma.

  • History:
  • The 1970s were a low point in conservation, with several birds, the Rodrigues Fruit Bat Pteropus rodricensis and a host of plants on the brink of extinction. A number of key habitats (e.g. Round Island, Ile aux Aigrettes and upland forests) were equally threatened. Against this gloomy background emerged the first significant actions in favour of conservation. Following a report written by Sir Peter Scott in 1973, international organizations began to get involved in conservation projects in Mauritius. The first major project was that of the Peregrine Fund, USA, for the conservation of the Mauritius Kestrel. In 1976, Gerald Durrell, founder of the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust (now the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust), visited Mauritius for the first time, and his involvement marks the turning of the tide in biodiversity decline. Durrell wanted to take a lead role in saving animals in Mauritius and Rodrigues, but after several years of involvement he felt that a local organization should be created to manage and conduct the field conservation programmes and help raise funds. In 1984, the Mauritian Wildlife Appeal Fund was created by a small group of Mauritian businessmen, with the support of the Government of Mauritius, BirdLife International (formerly the International Council for Bird Preservation) and the Peregrine Fund. Over the years, a close relationship with Jersey has also been maintained. In 1995, the Fund was renamed the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF). It is the only nongovernmental organization (NGO) in Mauritius exclusively concerned with the conservation of the native wildlife of Mauritius and Rodrigues. MWF works in close cooperation with the Government of Mauritius, in particular with the National Parks and Conservation Service (NPCS), the Forestry Service, the Ministry of Environment and the Rodrigues Regional Assembly, as well as the Chester Zoo (UK), Philadelphia Zoo (USA), Kew Gardens (UK), UNDP and local companies.

  • Year established:1984
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(3)

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