Approximately 50 km from Antigua, Redonda is a rugged, uninhabited volcanic island with a remarkable history, globally important seabird colonies, and unique flora and fauna, including species still without scientific names. Though the island is unquestionably of high conservation value—the Department of Environment has recommended it be made a protected area—feral goats and thousands of large, predatory black rats had turned much of its surface into a dusty moonscape and even damaged the surrounding marine habitats. Many native animals and plants have already been lost.
FFI and partners embarked on a series of feasibility studies and consultations to determine what must be done to save Redonda’s extraordinary biodiversity. In 2017, we eradicated the rats and relocated the starving goats. We are now monitoring the surprisingly swift recovery of native biodiversity, bringing the island and surrounding sea under protection and sustainable management, and looking forward to reintroducing burrowing owls and other species that had disappeared in the last century.
We are grateful for financial support from the UK government’s Darwin Initiative, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, Global Wildlife Conservation, Taurus Foundation and Betty Liebert Trust.