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Ridding Pinzón of 180 million rats will be good for the Galápagos Shearwater (and its Giant Tortoises)

Chris Merkord

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The Galápagos National Park Service is working with the NGO Island Conservation and the Charles Darwin Foundation to remove an estimated 180 million rats by dropping 22 tonnes of bait from a helicopter-borne bucket - which should help the burrowing Galápagos Shearwaters Puffinus subalaristhat are reported to breed on the island, as well as the endemic island race of the Galápagos TortoiseGeochelone elephantopus ephippium.

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