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Floreana: Rebirth of an island in the Galapagos

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Dr Mark Collins will explain that when Floreana erupted from the Pacific Ocean, currents and winds brought plants and animals to its shores – and humans too. People left a legacy of feral cattle, pigs, goats, cats and rats, as well as invasive birds and flies. Ecosystems were destroyed and today, 55 species are threatened, a dozen are lost and one, the Floreana Giant Tortoise, is extinct. But the Floreana Mockingbird and ten other species survive nearby and can be reintroduced. An ambitious and ground-breaking five-year programme to save Floreana aims to restore its ecosystems and work alongside the human inhabitants towards sustainable livelihoods.

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