Artists, craftsmen, biologists, palaeontologists and conservationists were all in involved in this project over three years. The aim was to reconstruct a definitive image of the Dodo and twelve other extinct species from the Mascarene Islands, to a perfection never before attempted.
The project was originally conceived by Claude Koenig and Rungwe Kingdon of Pangolin Editions together with Dr Carl Jones of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and director of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation's fauna conservation programme for many years. They enlisted the support and expertise of other experts and of the sculptor Nick Bibby, whose incredible skill in rendering flesh, feather, scale and claw is unrivalled.
The project hopes to draw attention to the tragedy of extinction and also to inspire a deeper understanding of the vital need for conservation. A bronze cast of each extinct species has been permanently sited on the Ile aux Aigrettes, which lies off the southeastern shore of Mauritius and has become the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation's conservation showpiece.