Mauritius is a country located in the Indian Ocean. It is off the eastern coast of the African continent. Some quick facts about Mauritius include:
- The country is about three times the size of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- Mauritius was created by volcanic activity between 7 and 10 million years ago. The main island is surrounded by nearly a hundred tiny islets and volcanic rock formations.
- Mauritius is one of the richest countries in Africa. Their economy depends on textiles, tourism, and sugarcane.
- The dodo bird was once found on Mauritius, but it was made extinct by humans in 1681. Dutch settlers used the dodo for food. They also brough non-native animals such as dogs, rats, and pigs destroyed the dodo’s habitat. Within 100 years of human interaction the Dodo became extinct.
Text by Lori Sussle.