MWF is the only Mauritian NGO to be exclusively concerned with the conservation of terrestrial endemic species and their habitats, and in Rodrigues has a specialisation in habitat restoration. The principal objective of the organisation is to save threatened native and endemic species from extinction through conservation work.
Grannum Road, Vacoas
Other than the fauna and flora conservation programmes put into place, the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation currently organises EcoTours of Île aux Aigrettes and Grande Montagne, open to the public. The organisation runs educational programmes on both Mauritius and Rodrigues, in order to sensitise the local youth on environmental issues and the science of conservation.
Local schools, the local public, and tourists.
The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF) is a Registered Charity (No. 2143) and was established in 1984. MWF works in close cooperation with the Government of Mauritius and the Rodrigues Regional Assembly, formalised in separate memorandums of understanding. The headquarters is located in Vacoas, Mauritius and the Rodrigues branch is based in Solitude.
Our best known achievement is the saving of the Mauritian Kestrel. The MWF, has in recent years, brought the Pink Pigeon, the Echo Parakeet and the Mauritius Fody back from the brink of extinction. MWF's work in the area of captive-breeding and hands-on wild management of endemic animals is of internationally high repute. Our expertise is also being used in Rodrigues to address problems caused by degradation of habitat. Here we are propagating native plants in nurseries and planting them out to restore vegetation communities. The Foundation also works actively to restore offshore islands, by removing exotic vertebrates and plants and by restoring vegetation and vertebrate communities. The MWF is currently working on several islands including Ile aux Aigrettes, Round Island, Ile aux Cocos and Ile aux Sables. All of these are high profile projects of national and global biological significance.
As a non-profit, the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation runs on CSR funds (45%), international donations (25%), individual donations and own funds generated through EcoTours and shop sales (25%) and government support (5%).