Pictures from the Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes Zoo, in the south of Mauritius: Rodrigues fruit bat, Nile crocodiles and macaques.
The Rodrigues Fruit Bat (Pteropus rodricensis) at the the Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes, in the South of Mauritius.
The Rodrigues Fruit Bat is a species of bat that is critically endangered.
Contrary to what its name might suggest, the Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes (literally, Mascarene Vanille Reserve) is not a vanilla plantation, but a zoological park with turtles, crocodiles and an insectarium as main specialties.
The 3.5 ha park is located at Rivière des Anguilles, just a short drive from Souillac, on the south coast of Mauritius. It was created in 1985 for the preservation and breeding of crocodiles. It gradually extended and became a zoological park.
The Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes is home to some 2,000 Nile crocodiles. The first ones were imported from Madagascar. Their breeding is the subject of a lot of care. Those that exceed the 2000 units are used to produce meat and leather.
The park is also one of the largest reserve of tortoises in the world. It is the breeding center of Aldabra giant tortoises (Geochelone gigantea) in captivity. In the Park, you will find other turtles such as the small radiated tortoises (Astrochelys radiata). In total, there are about 1000 turtles in the reserve.
Among the other animals of the zoo, you find alligators, koi (Japanese carps), monkeys, iguanas, chameleons, bats, wild boars, and many more, all in a tropical garden made of bamboo, palms and banana trees.
A remarkable insectarium supplements the zoo. With over 20,000 species, it exhibits one of the most important private collections of mounted insects in the world.
Nile crocodiles (Crocodylus niloticus) at the the Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes, in the South of Mauritius.
Macaques at the the Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes, on the south coast of Mauritius.