The Wakashio freighter ran aground two kilometres from the island nature reserve, Ile aux Aigrettes, which is home to many unique species of plant, bird and reptile. This offshore island, along with several others, forms part of Durrell’s long-standing Island Restoration Programme in Mauritius. These unique and delicate ecosystems are home to some of the world’s rarest species, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth.
As the toxic oil laps the shores of these islets, our reptile team, alongside the Government of Mauritius and the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, is working around the clock to protect populations of lesser night geckos, Bojer’s skinks and Bouton’s skinks.
With your help, we can establish assurance populations of these precious Mauritian reptiles away from the disaster zone to ensure that vital parts of these island ecosystems are not lost forever. Conservationists are working tirelessly to rescue and temporarily home these species in a biosecure facility.
Isolated from mainland Mauritius, these unique island environments are hugely vulnerable to threats such as cyclones, droughts and invasive species. Still, nothing can prepare for the instant devastation caused by 760 tonnes of oil. It could take decades for wildlife to recover from this tragedy.
We need to act now before it is too late.
You can help rescue threatened Mauritian wildlife and ensure the protection of these precious offshore islands.