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Lolotte Rental and Tours Ltd (LRT) is the new WHL local connection for Mauritius and Rodrigues. After being in the tourism sector for the better part of her life, the owner and operator of Lolotte Rental and Tours has got that spark in her that makes all the difference in tourism. Her love for her island, respect for nature and care for her destination are the firm base of her company.
Dominique really knows nature in Mauritius because she grew up surrounded by it. From this she draws the energy to actually be there for her guests day by day. Indeed, LRT cares for their visitors 24 hours a day 7 days a week.http://www.mauritius.holidays.io/

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Global Peace Index 2016: There are now only 10 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict.

Guess who are they?

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The Mauritius Parakeet aka Echo Parakeet, is the only extant parrot endemic to the Mascarene Islands in the southern Indian Ocean. Its local name is katover.

Its scientific name change from Psittacula echo had recently found widespread approval. A wealth of circumstantial evidence nowadays suggests that the hypothesized Réunion Parakeet (described earlier as Psittacula eques, based on a painting and hearsay reports) did indeed exist. The Réunion birds were the closest relatives, and presumably conspecific, with the Mauritius ones.

Many extant or extinct birds endemic to the Mascarene Islands are derived from South Asian ancestors, including the Dodo, and a South Asian provenance has been proposed for the parrots as well. Sea levels were lower during the Pleistocene, so it was possible for species to "island hop" to the isolated islands. Of the about eight endemic Mascarene parrot species, all but the Mauritius Parakeet have gone extinct. In spite of many of them being poorly known, fossil remains show that they shared features such as enlarged heads and jaws, reduced pectoral elements, and robust leg elements. Julian Hume has suggested their common origin is within the Psittaculini radiation, based on morphological features and the fact that Psittacula parrots have managed to colonise many isolated islands in the Indian Ocean.

This group may have invaded the area several times, as many of the species were so specialised that they may have diverged on hot spot islands before the Mascarenes emerged from the sea. However, a 2012 genetic study showed that the Mascarene Parrot was nested among the subspecies of the Lesser Vasa Parrot from Madagascar and nearby islands, and was therefore not related to the Psittacula parrots. This is surprising, due to its anatomical similarities with other Mascarene parrots that are believed to be Psittaculines.
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