Zegrahm Expeditions Contributes to Henderson Island Restoration Project

Zegrahm ExpeditionsContributes to Henderson Island Restoration Project

SEATTLE, WA, MARCH 31, 2010—Zegrahm Expeditions is excited to be part of a large restoration project to help save the endemic bird species and restore precious wildlife habitat of Henderson Island, part of the Pitcairn Island group in the South Pacific. In conjunction with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Europe’s largest wildlife conservation organization, Zegrahm Expeditions is donating two cabins on its upcoming Quest for Paradise: Tahiti to Easter Island expedition, which visits Henderson Island, to a raffle to help raise ₤1.5million in funds for the project.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Henderson Island is one of the most remote islands on the planet and the most pristine raised coral atoll of significant size in the world. It is home to four unique land-birds found nowhere else on Earth: the Henderson fruit-dove, Henderson lorikeet, Henderson crake, and Henderson reed-warbler. The island is also the only known nesting site of the Henderson petrel, and represents the global headquarters of the highly threatened gadfly petrel group. Despite its remote and uninhabited status, Henderson’s biodiversity is currently under threat due to the presence of introduced Pacific rats. The project, scheduled to begin in September 2011 should enough funds get raised, will eradicate the entire rat population by late 2013 to save the Henderson petrel from extinction and increase seabird numbers exponentially.

Zegrahm cofounder and seabird expert, Peter Harrison, will be onboard the October Quest for Paradise voyage to conduct research and help raise awareness for this monumental effort: “I am thrilled to be part of this groundbreaking conservation project. We have visited Henderson Island a number of times over the last 20 years and its wonderful array of sea- and land-birds, along with its stunning beaches, is always a highlight for our travelers and expedition staff.”

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Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc., founded in 1990, is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Led by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents. For more information, please access www.zegrahm.com.