Fijian island beats the rat-race?

A partnership between BirdLife International and the Nagilogilo Clan of Vatuira has resulted in the successful eradication of Pacific Rats Rattus exulans from this internationally important seabird colony. Vatuira – a small island located 15 km from the coast of Fiji?s largest island Viti Levu – is an Important Bird Area (IBA) for several seabird species, including 28,000 breeding pairs of Black Noddies Anous minutus. However, introduced Pacific Rats were predating large numbers of seabird eggs and chicks, posing a threat to the long-term survival of the seabird colonies. There are already encouraging signs of bird recovery, with the island now officially declared ?rat-free?.

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Updated: February 17, 2012 — 7:38 pm

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