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Is Mauritius where the dodo used to live? A while back, I read something about a palm tree that was located on the same island as the dodo and the tree was in danger of going extinct because the seeds only germinated after going through the digestived tract of a dodo. Scientists were looking for some other bird that might have the same effect.
Nice warm reactions! Thanks all!
Yes, Mauritius hosted the dodo bird, as well as Reunion, it was an easy prey for sailors at it could not fly and had never seen humans so would not even be afraid, people used to hunt them with a stick! I know the story about the dodo's digestive track and seeds but it was not a palm but a tree called 'tambalacoque' (Sideroxylon grandiflorum) of the Sapotaceae family. People first used turkeys as seeds starters and then found out a simpler way by using acid, so the tree which was on the verge of extinction is now saved but it is too late for our poor dodo...
Mmh, yes good hint! Endemic species saving in an important issue here, many have been lost but people are attached to the plants and many try to grow them in the backyard, though this is not sceintific it is effective.
No worry, articles will keep you folks awake and start staring at this remote part of the world, my next article (next sunday I guess) is on some amazing plants and animals from Madagascar.
Happy gardening to you too!
PS; does your nickname comes from the game? I played it in Montana many years ago...