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 brought non-native animals such as dogs, rats, and pigs destroyed the dodo’s habitat. Within 100 years of human interaction the Dodo became extinct.