27 January - 5 April 2010. To celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity, an exhibition of extinct and endangered species is taking place at the Cabinet d'Histoire of the Jardin des Plantes. Artists' visual representations, together with scientific findings, accompany the specimens and provide valuable proof of their existence. The most well known creature featured in the exhibition is the Dodo. This flightless species of bird lived in Mauritius until around 1680, by which time its habitat had been destroyed by deforestation and its nests plundered by the introduction of predators. France's Natural History Museum has housed an impressive collection of species for over four centuries and continues to attract a high volume of visitors.