Refuge‐Effect Hypothesis and the Demise of the Dodo

  title={Refuge‐Effect Hypothesis and the Demise of the Dodo},
  author={D. Roberts},
  journal={Conservation Biology},
  • D. Roberts
  • Published 1 December 2013
  • Environmental Science
  • Conservation Biology
The Dodo was last sighted on the inshore island of Ile d'Ambre in 1662, nearly 25 years after the previous sighting on the mainland of Mauritius. It has been suggested that its survival on the inshore island is representative of the refuge effect. Understanding what constitutes significant persistence is fundamental to conservation. I tested the refuge‐effect hypothesis for the persistence of the Dodo (Raphus cucullatus) on an inshore island beyond that of the mainland population. For a… 
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