Timings : Monday - Saturday: 9:30 AM - 10:30AM; 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM,
Sunday: 9:30 AM, 10:00 AM
Time Required : 3-5 hours
Entry Fee : Adults: EUR 26,
Children (4 - 12 years): EUR 18
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Ile Aux Aigrettes is a 26-hectare nature reserve 800 meters towards the southeast off the coast of Mahebourg bay and has gained popularity over the years as an ecotourism destination. Unlike Mauritius, most of which was formed by volcanic rocks, Ile Aux Aigrettes was primarily formed from coral limestone and it is pretty low-lying. It has a scientific research station that works towards preserving the numerous rare and endangered plant and animal species.
The natural reserve has lost many of its indigenous species because of logging and invasive species. The ?Mauritius Dry Coastal Forest? is the worlds only remaining vegetation type of its kind and is being conserved in Aigrettes. The reserve was once home to the extinct species like the Dodo bird and the endemic Giant Tortoise. The island reserve is home to several reptile species like the Telfairs Skink, Coloured Day Gecko and Aldabra giant tortoises that are non-indigenous. Aigrettes also have rare species of ebony trees, for example the Diospyros egrettarum, which is named after the island.
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