In its latest newsletter, Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF) has announced "After this lengthy eradication mission and innumerable unexpected complications along the way, it is with enormous relief, and sincere gratitude to our partners, the Islands Development Company and Island Conservation Society, our funders, the European Union, that we are able to announce the successful eradication of both red-whiskered bulbuls and Madagascar fodies from the island of Assumption.
These species were introduced to Assumption in 1977 by Mauritian lessees of the island. They have been identified by scientists as a threat to the endemic birds of neighbouriing Aldabra, which is managed by SIF. Aldabra has no introduced bird species.
It is believed that this is the first successful eradication of these alien species anywhere in the world.
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