South Georgia declared rodent-free

World’s largest rodent eradication project a success

Published 11th May 2018

The UK Overseas Territory of South Georgia is officially declared free of rodents for the first time since humans arrived on the island over 200 years ago

• Scottish-based charity the South Georgia Heritage Trust and its USA counterpart the Friends of South Georgia Island raised £10 million to finance the Habitat Restoration Project to eradicate invasive rodents

• Covering 108,723 hectares (1087 km2), the Habitat Restoration Project is more than eight times larger than any other rodent eradication area ever tackled anywhere in the world

• Three rodent detection dogs covered a total of 2420km, with their two female dog handlers walking 1608km, searching for signs of rats and mice as part of a comprehensive monitoring survey

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"South Georgia declared rodent-free" by Andrew Chaundler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This work contains material from the sources listed below:
"South Georgia declared rodent-free!" by Marie
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Photo Credits
"Rat Detector Dogs at work on South Georgia" by Oliver Prince
"Rodent erradication timeline" by South Georgia Heritage Trust

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