Friday 19 December
Indian Ocean islands
The Mascarene Islands are made up of three main islands: Mauritius, Réunion and Rodrigues, and a number of smaller islets.
Unfortunately the Mascarenes are best known for the number of species which have become extinct since 1600, most famously the dodo.
However, there have been successful conservation stories. In 1974, the population of the Mauritius kestrel numbered just six, but after a successful conservation programme this kestrel has been brought back from the brink of extinction.