This rare pigeon prefers evergreen and coastal forests and is only found today on the island of Mauritius.
Pink pigeons are herbivorous, eating buds, flowers, leaves, shoots, fruits and seeds.
Despite appearances, only 2% of Mauritian forest remains, with the lush green landscape seen by tourists being made up of introduced trees and plantations. Habitat loss and introduced predators were the main reasons for the pink pigeons’ decline.
For over 3 years, Wild Planet Trust bird specialists have been working in Mauritius to share their knowledge and experience with their field based colleagues, to improve the wild numbers of the pink pigeon. The pink pigeons at the zoo are also part of the EAZA ex-situ breeding programme (EEP) for the species.