Marion Island is the jewel in South Africa’s island crown.

This sub-Antarctic wilderness hosts an astonishing array of endemic species and charismatic marine megafauna, and is pristine.
Or nearly pristine…
Marion Island is in trouble, as are the nearly quarter of a million endangered seabirds that breed there.
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BirdLife South Africa and the South African Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) are collaborating to rid the island of mice and restore it towards its once-pristine beauty. A special entity, the Mouse-Free Marion Non-Profit Company (NPC), has been established to implement the project.

The bait required to cover the island will alone cost upwards of R30 million. To help raise the necessary funds for this ambitious and crucial project, please would you consider sponsoring one or more hectares of land on Marion Island.

At R1000 per hectare (approximately US$70), you can help us ensure that this monumental project succeeds.


Latest News

“After the cats…tackling mice on Marion Island”- Professor Peter Ryan presents at the Leadership for Conservation in Africa online seminar series

Above: Prof. Peter Ryan spotting seabirds on deck. Photo by John Graham The Leadership for Conservation in Africa (LCA) Unlocking [...]

October 18th, 2021|

Featuring Marion Island’s albatrosses and petrels affected by mice and their photographers: the Grey-headed Albatross by Kim Stevens

Above Picture: A Grey-headed Albatross guards its downy chick on Marion Island’s Grey-headed Albatross Ridge – site of a long-term [...]

October 13th, 2021|

Introducing Heidi Whitman, the Mouse-Free Marion Project’s newly appointed Chief Philanthropy Officer

Above picture: Heidi Whitman, in a garden near her Californian home The Mouse-Free Marion Project is pleased to announce that [...]

October 11th, 2021|

Sponsor Map

Each grid on the map represents 100 ha

Percent of target reached
Sponsors – 937
Sponsored Hectares – 2444 ha
Target Hectares – 30 000 ha
Once completed, Marion Island will be the largest island from which mice have successfully been eradicated.
Be a part of history, and sponsor one (or more) hectares of this beautiful oceanic gem.

Project Supporters

This project was supported by a grant from the National Geographic Society.

Contact Info

BirdLife South Africa

Phone: +27 (0) 21 419 7347

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