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

Featuring Marion Island’s albatrosses and petrels affected by mice and their photographers: the Northern Giant Petrel by Janine Schoombie

Above Picture:  A Northern Giant Petrel broods its downy chick on Marion Island NOTE:  This is the second in an [...]

September 28th, 2021|

Inveterate island hopper Maleen Hoekstra was an early contributor to the ‘Sponsor a Hectare’ campaign

Above Picture: Maleen Hoekstra stands below the weathered welcome sign on the landing jetty at New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic Campbell Island [...]

September 23rd, 2021|

The effects of introduced mice on seabirds breeding at sub-Antarctic islands, a PhD thesis by Ben Dilley

Above Picture: Ben Dilley off the leeward coast of Gough Island, Church Rock on the horizon This post continues an [...]

September 20th, 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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