Redonda Island, ecological success story
The small uninhabited Caribbean island of Redonda has been transformed from a barren landscape back to the lush island it formerly was. Invasive goats and rats left long ago by colonist sailors had nearly stripped the island bare of vegetation and native species. Extensive efforts over several years were undertaken to round up the goats and exterminate the rats. The goats were taken to other islands, desired for breeding their drought tolerant abilities.
Fast forward several years, the island rebounded spectacularly. Vegetation, lizards and birds rebounded in the absence of the invasive species.
Such an uplifting environmental success story. The transformation of Redonda demonstrates how the environment will rebound if given a chance. Remove the invasive species and leave it alone.
"I'm simply saying, life finds a way" - Ian Malcolm
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