Henderson Lorikeet

A World of Thanks from Henderson Island

Zegrahm Contributor|September 13, 2011|Blog Post

As part of our 2010 “World of Thanks” donation, Zegrahm contributed to a large restoration project designed to help save the endemic bird species of Henderson Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Part of the Pitcairn Island group in the South Pacific, Henderson is one of the most remote islands on the planet, and home to unique birds found nowhere else on Earth, including the Henderson fruit-dove, Henderson lorikeet, Henderson crake, Henderson reed-warbler, and Henderson petrel.

Despite its remote and uninhabited status, Henderson’s biodiversity was under threat due to the presence of introduced Pacific rats. Thankfully, in the summer of 2011, the restoration project was a wild success. Said David Agombar, representative for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), “I am delighted to tell you the bait drop has been successfully completed! We are very pleased with the bait coverage they have achieved.”

Though the RSPB won’t know about the possible persistence of future rats until a follow-up trip, the methods used to eradicate this species of rat have never failed. A small avicultural team will remain on the island for the next month or so, to help determine the success of the project.

Agombar added, “None of this would have happened without the help you gave. Your generous support, commitment, and enthusiasm was an inspiration to all of us.”

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