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David Beaune, June 21, 2017

Five Pacific islands cleared of invasive predators!

Five remote Pacific islands are once again safe havens for four of our world’s rarest bird species following the success of one of the most ambitious island restoration projects ever implemented in the area. Just two years after ambitious efforts by a team of international conservation organisations to rid French Polynesia’s Acteon & Gambier island groups of invasive mammals began, five of six targeted islands are now confirmed as predator-free—a ground-breaking one thousand hectares in total. Early signs already indicate that rare birds found nowhere else in the world (endemic) and other native plants and animals are recovering as the remote islands return to their former glory.

A project is already on the way to attract the Polynesian Storm-petrel (Nesofregetta fuliginosa) and some rare petrels on two of the islands.

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