La Vanille Reserve
Located 2km from the Rivière des Anguilles, “La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes” is a zoological park stretching over 6 hectares. The park houses 2,000 crocodiles of which half are bred for trading. The other half helps towards the preservation of the species.
One can safely observe these huge crocodiles (some are 5 or 6 metres long) in the pools. 500 turtles, including Giant Aldabran Turtles can also be spotted. One of the attractions of the park is the insectarium, filled with over 20 000 species, including butterflies and beetles. This zoological park also boasts a tropical garden consisting of banana trees, giant bamboos and a variety of palm trees.
Casela Bird Park
The Casela Bird Park lies in the Black River Gorges area of Mauritius. It is a major bio diversity hotspot and is rich in varied flora and fauna. The Park is spread over an area of 20 acres. The Casela Bird Park is probably most famous for the rare Mauritian pink pigeons, though there are around 120 other bird species at the park. The vegetation at the park includes small “yej” trees, as well as seasonal orchids that find an ideal growth environment in the humid, cool climes of the Casela Bird Park. As to the avian life, one might find birds from all over the world at this Park.
Apart from the Pink Pigeon, you may also come across kites, kingfishers, orioles, mynahs, bustards and many other kinds of birds. The ponds dotting the park are a haven for tortoises, fish and many water birds that live off the fish. Don’t forget to visit the many small streams and waterfalls cascading from the hilly crevices. The Casela Bird Sanctuary is also home to animals like tigers, lemurs, macaques and many kinds of lizards and geckos.