Rábida Island

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Rábida Island
Rábida Island is located in Galápagos Islands
Rábida Island
Rábida Island
Geography
LocationGalápagos Islands, Ecuador
Coordinates0°24′58″S 90°42′39″W / 0.416245°S 90.710897°W / -0.416245; -90.710897Coordinates: 0°24′58″S 90°42′39″W / 0.416245°S 90.710897°W / -0.416245; -90.710897
ArchipelagoGalápagos Islands
Highest elevation367 m (1,204 ft)
Administration
Panorama of Rábida Island.

Rábida Island (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈraβiða]), is one of the Galápagos Islands.[1][2] The 5 km² island has also been known as Jervis Island named in honour of the 18th-century British admiral John Jervis. In Ecuador it is officially known as Isla Rábida.

Wildlife[edit]

Brown pelican on red sand.

In addition to flamingos and the bachelor sea lion colony, pelicans, white-cheeked pintails, boobies, and nine species of finch have been reported.[3] The rich wildlife attracts a number of tourists cruises.

In 1971 the National Park Service successfully eradicated goats from Rábida. This introduced species upset the natural environment and led to the extinction of several native creatures including geckos, land iguanas, and rice rats.

Restoration[edit]

During January 2011, invasive rodents were removed from the island by The Galápagos National Park, assisted by Island Conservation to benefit Galapagos penguins and Scalesia stewartii (a tree forming daisy and the plant equivalent of one of Darwin's finches).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eaton, Caroline (August 7, 2014). "The Red Beaches of Rabida Island". ecoventura.com. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Rábida". Galapagos Conservancy. galapagos.org. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  3. ^ "RÁBIDA ISLAND (JERVIS), GALAPAGOS". animalcorner.co.uk. Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Galápagos Restoration Project Achieves Conservation Milestone". Retrieved 6 November 2018.