The listing region is the area within the sovereign borders of the Republic of South Africa, thus excluding Eswatini (previously called Swaziland) and Lesotho, but including the Prince Edward Islands in the Southern Ocean and their associated 200 nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Albatross Task Force
Ensuring pelagic seabirds can safely forage within our oceans and return to their breeding colonies.
The world’s largest mass slaughter of vultures is unfolding in the West African country of Guinea-Bissau, where more than 2000 Critically Endangered Hooded Vultures have been deliberately poisoned since February 2020. This represents 5% of the country’s Hooded Vulture population and threatens the future existence of the species on the planet. Learn More
Marion Island is a South African territory in the south Atlantic, home to several threatened seabird species, including nearly half of the world’s Wandering Albatrosses. Unfortunately, these birds are threatened by an unlikely but voracious predator: the house mouse. Mice were inadvertently introduced during the 1900s, and have since wreaked havoc on the delicate island ecosystem. Until recently, the mice have only been predating on seabird chicks, but in 2017 the first predation on an adult Northern Giant Petrel was observed. BirdLife South Africa is supporting the Department of Environmental Affairs to launch an island restoration project, which will rid the island of mice and aims to restore this once pristine breeding location. Mouse Free Marion is currently planned for the winter of 2021, using methods employed in other successful eradications. To support this work, please visit the dedicated website.
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