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Culling invasive predators could save 9.4% of the world’s at-risk species

Islands are home to a disproportionately large number of endangered species, such as De Filippi’s petrel (above), and a new study suggests eradicating invasive predators on 169 islands could protect 9.4% of the world’s at-risk species by 2030, The Guardian reports. Island Conservation, an environmental organization based in Santa Cruz, California, spelled out its plan in PLOS ONE yesterday. Mexico’s Socorro Island—where eliminating invasive cats and mice could help save a species of mockingbird, seabird, and tree lizard—topped the list. Similar efforts have been successful in the past, including one to make the U.K. territory of South Georgia rat free.

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