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2011-12-21
Saving the Endangered Endemic Henderson Petrel - Pterodroma atrata


Saving the Endangered Endemic Henderson Petrel - Pterodroma atrata

Henderson Island, one of the UK’s most remote territories and a World Heritage Site, has been ravaged by Pacific Rats. The rats were significantly damaging the populations of bird species, rare plants, insects and snails all found nowhere else on earth. There were millions of ground-nesting seabirds on Henderson before rats were introduced, but their numbers have been reduced to just 40,000 pairs today.

The project to eliminate introduced rats from the uninhabited Henderson Island in the central Pacific will cost roughly $2,3 million is a partnership between RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) and the Pitcairn Islands Government. It will take about 2 years to ensure that all the rats have been eliminated.


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