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Drones dropping poison on invasive rats in Galapagos

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By ITN News Editor January 31, 2019 12:32

Drones dropping poison on invasive rats in Galapagos

In the Galapagos islands, invasive rat species are the enemy and now a conservation group is combating them using drones.Black and brown rats are not native to the Galapagos islands, where animals and plants have evolved in isolation for millions of years. The rodent invaders have caused damage to the ecosystem by eating eggs and nestlings of seabirds as well as plants that some Galapagos species feed on.

The approach saves money and manpower, said the director of the Galapagos national park, Jorge Carrion.Island Conservation says it is the first time drones have been used to deliver poison to vertebrates in the wild. The organisation deployed drones to scatter three tonnes of rat poison specially designed to withstand the unique weather conditions in the Galapagos islands.Two six-rotor drones were fitted with 3D printed poison applicators supplied by Island Conservation’s partner, the New Zealand-based developed Environment and Conservations Technologies.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 31, 2019 12:32

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