Flora. In Mauritius there is not much original vegetation left: the hardwood trees have been cut and replaced by agricultural plants, mostly by sugar cane and trees like goyava and mango. Trees which can be frequently found are filao, banyan tree and the coconut tree. During the mauritian summer the flamboyant trees cover the main roads (Choisy) with its flaming red flowers. Pineapple, banana, jackfruit, mango, papaya have to be mentioned as part of the wide variety of delicious fruits.
Fauna: The last Dodo, which you can find as a souvenir nowadays, was eaten by the colonists at the beginning of the 17th century. Because of the isolation of the Mascarene Islands the animal kingdom on land isn't rich in species. Nearly all mammals were imported by the colonists: for example monkeys, red deers and hedgehogs. There are not many insect species too, but a bird life with some interesting and extremely rare species like the Mauritius Kestrel. Contrary the marine fauna is very rich in variety and consists of more than 1000 different kinds of fishes,shells and molluscs. Take a chance to watch this wonderful undersea world.