Dodo Destiny: An American Eye on Mauritius by Tom Parker examines the sad tale of the dodo and the unique history of Mauritius and neighboring islands in the Indian Ocean.
The flightless dodo is perhaps the most famous symbol of the dangers of global extinction with a universally recognized image. Despite this fame, little is known about the true nature of this vanished bird.
The threat of species extinction in our modern world is an increasingly critical issue for the survival of the planet and the odd-looking dodo is perhaps the single most famous extinction in history. Surprisingly little is known about this most famous of birds that disappeared less than 100 years after first contact with humans.
Most people don’t know that the dodo lived only on Mauritius, a destination long familiar to Europeans but one that remains largely unknown to North Americans. Mauritius rarely makes headlines in the U.S. but for centuries was a vital link between Europe and Asia and was successively fought over and occupied by major European powers.
Today Mauritius is forging a new path in co-existence with man and the environment, and has become a 21st century economic hub bridging Africa and Asia in a remote but strategically important region of the world.
Dodo Destiny provides an insightful introduction to this beautiful Indian Ocean island nation and its multicultural society for history-minded travelers.
ISBN 978-0-9719258-3-0 (Trade paperback)
ISBN 978-0-9719258-4-7 (Kindle)
ISBN 978-0-9719258-6-1 (ePub)