The Black River Gorges National Park Project was proclaimed on the 15th of June 1994 by the president of the Republic of Mauritius. It is found in the South West of the island, and covers an area of 6,574 hectares of forests including the highest point at Piton de la Rivière Noire. The Park is managed mainly for the conservation of endemic flora and fauna, dissemination of and creation of public awareness, education and the provision of leisure to both local and foreign visitors.
There are some 60 km of marked trails for visitors, panoramic view points at Alexandra Falls and the Gorges View Point, trials to the highest peak on the island, parking facilities, picnic areas, toilet facilities and two visitors centres.
The Park also contains four field stations that are used by staff of the National Parks, the NGO Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, and University students to carry out research work, monitoring and management of threatened bird species. The field stations are compound used for the release of captive bred birds.