Fauna & Flora

Rodrigues used to be home to a number of unique birds of which the Solitaire (Pezophaps solitaria), now extinct, is most famous. The Rodrigues Fody (Foudia flavicans), the Rodrigues Warbler (Acrocephalus rodericanus) and seabirds such as terns are protected species living peacefully in natural reserves and on the islets in the lagoon.

A sanctuary for reptiles such as the Giant Tortoise and the Gecko, Rodrigues also has an endemic mammal, the Golden Fruit Bat (Pteropus rodricensis).

The protection of the flora has become a priority. Huge effort is being invested in the conservation, restoration and recreation of the pristine natural ecosystem of the island. Critically rare and endangered plants like the ‘café marron’ (Ramosmania rodriguesii), are receiving special attention and monitoring.