The island nation of Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of the African continent. Some quick facts about Mauritius include:
The country has a total area of 787 sq. miles, which is roughly 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 coral reefs and nearly a hundred tiny islets and volcanic rock formations.
The country is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. Approximately 30% of the population is of African descent, there is a small population of European descent, and the remainder is mostly of Indian descent.
Mauritius is one of the richest, most developed countries in Africa. The economy relies heavily on textiles, tourism, and sugarcane.
The dodo bird, found on Mauritius, was made extinct by humans in 1681. Dutch settlers used the dodo for food. The introduction of non-native animals such as dogs, rats, and pigs destroyed the dodo’s habitat and raided their nests. Within 100 years of human interaction the Dodo became extinct.