Magazine article Geographical

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Magazine article Geographical

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Dr Jane Dodd, team leader of the Shoals of Capricorn Programme in Mauritius, sends a postcard home

Here in Mauritius, we've been recovering from our hectic involvement in Environment Week. The Environment Ministry organised an exhibition and we set up a stand jointly with the Mauritius Marine Conservation Society. We displayed pictures of our work from the last year and set up a touch pool, and models of a coral reef and a mooring buoy.

The children loved the touch pool; we had collected a few lagoon echinoderms, sea urchins, star fish, and other things that live around the coast, but most of them had never seen sea creatures up close before so they got very excited. We had to post a round-the-clock watch so that the animals didn't get completely stressed out. The model lagoon didn't fair much better -- the kids were just so curious they had to touch everything. We were supposed to give formal talks but the stand was so busy (25,000 children visited it in five days) we ended up only just managing to field all the questions. …

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