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Mauritius Natural History Museum

Listed under Natural History Museums in Port Louis, Mauritius.

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What do you think of when you think of Mauritius? OK, maybe after you've imagined the perfect beaches? Dodos. There's just something about these little guys, so unlikely looking, with their name to match that captivates generation after generation of kids so that surely EVERYONE knows their unfortunate fate. The Mauritius Natural History Museum has the only complete Dodo skeleton around, and they've used it to make a model of the bird, which has become the museum's most famous, and popular, attraction. The Dodo isn't the only Mauritian bird to share this fate, the Solitaire and Red Rail have gone the same way, and you can see them here as well in similar states, as well as some on extinct, but now rare birds, reptiles and marine creatures. There are also a lot of books. A lot of research is still going on out of the museum, which is probably why the collection of books is so impressive.

On Chaussée St, closed Wednesday but free every other day.

Written by  Dan Pantone.

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