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Species Loss on Mauritius - What's left of paradise

Every year, nearly a million tourists come to the island nation. Residents and visitors have taken a heavy toll on the ecosystem. In no other country on earth have more species become extinct than in Mauritius.

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Scientists, NGOs and private initiatives are trying to save what's left, and re-establish the country's original biodiversity. Some of the funding, however, comes from a controversial business method. Laboratory monkeys bred locally are sold to bring in money for nature protection.