World: Zoologist leads world’s largest rat extermination to save biodiversity of Antarctic island – The Globe and Mail

Giant petrel at South Georgia Island
Giant petrel at South Georgia Island (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tony Martin, a University of Dundee in Scotland professor has led the largest and most complicated rodent extermination ever attempted in the world. The project was on South Georgia, a 160-kilometre-long island off the coast of Antarctica. 

The British territory is home to a variety of seals, seabirds and about 400,000 King penguins. It’s also infested with millions of rats and mice, brought there by ships during the heyday of the whaling and sealing fishery in the early 1900s. Over the years, the rodents have systematically wiped out large parts of the seabird population, mainly by eating the chicks in their nests. Read More

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