Above picture.  The new ACAP Species Infographic for the Light-mantled Albatross

BirdLife South Africa has sponsored a third Species Infographic on behalf of the Mouse-Free Marion Project in a series being produced by the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP).

The new infographic for the Near Threatened Light-mantled Albatross Phoebetria palpebrata joins that for the Vulnerable Wandering Diomedea exulans (click here) and the Endangered Sooty Albatross P. fusca (click here) previously sponsored by BirdLife South Africa for the MFM Project (click here)  It brings the overall number of ACAP-listed species covered by infographics so far to 10, including that for the other albatross that breeds at Marion Island, the Endangered Grey-headed Thalassarche chrysostoma (click here).  All four of Marion’s breeding albatrosses are at risk from the island’s “killer” House Mice Mus musculus – as their infographics illustrate.  Species Infographics will follow on the four ACAP-listed species of petrels that breed on Marion Island over the course of this and next year.

As for all the others produced so far, the new infographic has been designed and illustrated by Namasri Niumim, who is currently based in Bangkok, Thailand.

All the ACAP Species Infographics are freely available for printing as high-resolution posters from the ACAP website.  ACAP requests it be acknowledged in their use for conservation purposes.  They should not be used for financial gain.

With thanks to Karine Delord, Richard Phillips, Peter Ryan and Anton Wolfaardt for their reviews of the new infographic.


John Cooper, News Correspondent, Mouse-Free Marion Project, 14 February 2023


The Mouse-Free Marion Project is a registered non-profit company (No. 2020/922433/08) in South Africa, established to eradicate the invasive albatross-killing mice on Marion Island in the Southern Ocean.  The project was initiated by BirdLife South Africa and the South African Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment.  Upon successful completion, the project will restore the critical breeding habitat of over two million seabirds, many globally threatened, and improve the island’s resilience to a warming climate.  For more information or to support the project please visit mousefreemarion.org.