Preventing extinctions: planning and undertaking invasive rodent eradication from Pinzon Island, Galapagos

Preventing extinctions: planning and undertaking invasive rodent eradication from Pinzon Island, Galapagos
Abstract: 

Invasive black rats (Rattus rattus) were successfully eradicated during 2012 from Pinzon Island in the Galapagos archipelago using the rodenticide brodifacoum. Potential exposure to brodifacoum in Pinzon tortoises (Chelonoidis ephippium), Pinzon lava lizards (Microlophus duncanensis) and Galapagos hawks (Buteo galapagoensis) was mitigated by captive holding of subpopulations. This was successful for all species during and shortly after baiting, however mortality of Galapagos hawks occurred post-release, likely due to the persistence of residual brodifacoum in lava lizards. Since 2013, Pinzon tortoise hatchlings are surviving in-situ for the fi rst time in at least 120 years and the eradication of black rats is expected to have significant benefits for at least 15 other island-endemic species.

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Record Id: 
82489