Eradicating Rats & Mice Allowed This Island To Bloom

Efforts are being made to cleanse vulnerable islands of invasive species. Three years after starting efforts to get rid of mice and rats on Australia’s Lord Howe Island, the pests are gone and the effect on the island has been stunning.

The landscape is quickly coming back to life, with trees and vines bearing fruit again and populations of birds, animals and insects made marked recoveries on the island.

People on the island are seeing species that in the past were either thought to be extinct or had dwindled to such low numbers that extinction seemed inevitable.

This is great news and other eradication plans have been successfully clearing other islands since 2000. Learn more at