What do you do when one of the rarest creatures on the planet turns out to be an annoying pain in the neck? I went to a remote island of the coast of Mauritius to find out for myself.
“I’ll give you three reasons why you will never get to Round Island”, said Owen Griffiths, the renowned Mascarene conservationist and our host in Mauritius.
“Firstly,” he continued “the island has been closed to non-scientific visitors since 1976 and even the American Ambassador was refused access just a few months ago.”
“Secondly, the only way to get there is aboard the Governmental Helicopter. It only flies out every couple of weeks, and you guys go home in three days.”
“And lastly, tomorrow is a national holiday in Mauritius. We’ll never get hold of anyone in time to arrange it.”
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