Helping native fauna thrive by removing invasive species
Floreana Island in the Galápagos archipelago is home to an incredible diversity of native species found nowhere else in the world, including Galápagos Penguins, Galápagos Petrels, Marine Iguanas, land snails, and Darwin’s finches. Unfortunately, the fifty-four IUCN Threatened or Endangered species that call this island home are jeopardized by the presence of feral cats and invasive rats and mice, which prey on native species, outcompete them for resources, and destroy sensitive habitats. Rodents and feral cats also cause problems for the 140 island residents who rely on tourism, farming, and a small fishery for their livelihoods.
To restore Floreana to an island free from these destructive, non-native rats, mice, and feral cats, the LEX-NG Fund supports Island Conservation’s Floreana Island Restoration Project. This will allow the island’s unique fauna the opportunity to flourish and thrive and create the conditions for sustainable community tourism and farming. With our support, Island Conservation has conducted field studies on Floreana to identify options for invasive rodent and feral cat removal. They are currently working to develop and implement key strategies for conducting their restoration project.
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