Disastrous Consequences

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Introduction of Cats to Marion Island – 1949

Far from land in the sub-Antarctic region of the Indian Ocean lie the Prince Edward Islands. There are just two small islands in the group – Prince Edward Island and Marion Island – and the only human inhabitants are the South African National Antarctic Program’s staff at a research station. After intermittent occupation by sealers, …

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Introduction to Australia of the Cane Toad – 1935-1936

It was Puerto Rico’s fault. The Caribbean island introduced the Giant Neotropical Toad (officially Bufo marinus) from nearby Central America in the early years of the 20th century, in an attempt to control damaging beetle infestations in sugar cane plantations. The cunning plan worked, establishing this large terrestrial amphibian as the sugar planters’ friend and …

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