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Galapagos Islands Rat Eradication

    The Galapagos Islands have unique bird and reptile species and are a treasure for scientist and tourist. These must be preserved and that means that hundreds of millions of rats must die. This 19-island cluster is located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador.

    Norway and black rats were introduced to the islands by whalers and buccaneers beginning in the 17th century. These rats feed on the eggs and hatchlings of the islands’ native species, which include giant tortoises, lava lizards, snakes, hawks and iguanas. Rats have also depleted many plants on which the native species feed.

    In the first phase of the anti-rat campaign, Rabida island and about a dozen islets were treated. These areas are uninhabited by humans.

    In the second phase, a helicopter dropped nearly 22 tons of a specially designed poison bait on Pinzon island. Currently, they estimate there are over 180 million rodents on this island. That means that there is at least one rodent for every square foot of land on that island!

    Their goal is to kill off all non-native rodents. They are starting with the smaller islands. Isabella and Santa Cruz islands are where humans reside and they will be treated last.

    Bell Labs, of the United States, has developed a special bait for this project. These come in the form of light blue cubes. Rats are attracted to this bait but other inhabitants of the islands find them repulsive. The bait is designed to disintegrate within a week or so.

    The Galapagos Islands were declared protected as a UNESCO Natural Heritage site in 1978. In 2007, they were declared at risk due to harm from invasive species, tourism and immigration.