U of M Raptor Center Workers Travel to Galapagos Islands

Created: 10/29/2012 1:24 PM KSTP.com By: Jennie Olson

University of Minnesota Raptor Center workers will be heading to the Galapagos Islands to help restore the Giant Tortoise population.

The animal is currently listed as extinct in the wild by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Scientists are trying to destroy the invasive black rats that are endangering the tortoise by eating eggs and hatchlings. The rats will be poisoned, so workers from the Raptor Center will help trap and protect Galapagos Hawks that may eat the poisoned rats.

The hawks will be held captive for about six weeks.

The trip will be recorded through a series of journal entries on the Raptor Center’s blog.