This week we harvested pollen from the last wild Hurricane Palm Dictyosperma album var. conjugatum on Round Island.
Warden Jo: "Two weeks ago Dr Phil Lambdon, the new Island Restoration Flora Officer, spotted male inflorescences on the tree. Male and female flowers of this species do not bloom at the same time to prevent self pollination. To preserve the genetic diversity of this rare variety Phil recommanded harvesting the pollen. We will preserve it and try to manually pollinate the female flowers when they will show up. Some pollen will be sent on the mainland to pollinate the trees found at Gerald Durrel Endemic Wildlife Sanctuary (GDEWS). These trees were planted from seeds collected on Round Island.
Several indidivuals have been planted on Round over the years but none has reach maturity yet. About 120 seedlings coming from seeds collected at GDEWS are currently slowly growing in our nursery and most of them will be ready to plant in 2020."
Mauritian Wildlife Foundation/Durrell, week 2 and spending it in this beautiful small island nature reserve just a few hundred metres off the mainland: Learning about endangered endemic plant species in the nursery here, in preparation for my first trip out to Round Island where many are being restored. Also getting familiarised with giant tortoise husbandry, skink rearing and the incredible native bird species of which a number are being brought back from the edge of extinction. Olive white eyes are here, currently the most endangered bird in Mauritius with about 250, and plenty of lovely and cheeky re-established Mauritian fodies. Over on the mainland are Mauritian kestrel programs, the most incredible rescue act of all - about 500 now, up from just 4 of which only 1 was a breeding female, 40 years ago!
Look at how our teams at the Perhentian Islands celebrated the end of Ramadan on 5th June! This is always an important moment in which we share time with local villagers, eat delicious food and celebrate like a big family! Living in the village is a fantastic way for volunteers to experience local traditions, cuisine, and culture.
We have updated our plastic free map from last year - great to see so many new businesses on board this season to make the Perhentian Islands plastic free. Visiting the islands this season? Be sure to refer to our map to see where you can refill your water bottle, recycle your trash properly, boycott plastic straws or buy your own reusable straws and eco goods!
For our Recycling and Waste Management team it is important to engage stakeholders in waste and recycle management. And to collaborate with the local community in the Perhentian Islands. In the picture you can see the
#PlasticFreePerhentian map 2019. The project started in 2018 with the aim to reduce impacts of plastics and littering in the islands. Also to create water refill stations.
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The 8th of June was celebrated all around the world as World Oceans Day! OurPerhentian Marine Research Station , Turtle Project and the Eco-Education Project teamed up to clean the Perhentian Kecil's village beach. A team was cleaning the beach from land and another doing it while snorkelling! The dive team did some bottle reef maintenance on the artificial reef, built recently, and after that a dive clean up. Look at the numbers and what they've done all together!ere to edit.
A new initiative and collaboration between the waste management conservation team from the Perhentian Marine Research Station at Fuze Ecoteer and the wonderful eco-conscious Panorama Diver Perhentian - removing trash such as old fishing nets, plastic bottles and fishing lines from the beautiful coral reefs of the Perhentian islands 😊
Over 14kg cleaned up from 2 dives!
Coral reefs face too many threats as it is from global warming and acidification of the oceans, making them extra fragile and vulnerable, so let's not finish them off with careless waste disposal, littering, disposable plastics use or damage from touching or kicking please!
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Turtle Beach. Making fire. My first night helping out on our Turtle Project ?A turtle up on the beach before 8pm, although couldn't find a way past some rocks and went back to sea. Now lightening and raining cats n dogs! 4 turtles visited in all, onl
Look who came for tea...The dragon then stalked the chickens, and given the noise they make I was rather backing the lizard!
Large monitor lizards roam the island, but sadly a common sight is seeing these magnificent beasts scavenging in mismanaged or dumped waste.
Much to do...