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Easter Island: A Last Outpost

  • Tom Harrisson

Abstract

Man is the only land vertebrate to have successfully colonised the remote Easter Island, and his domestic animals graze almost the whole island. Three, perhaps four species of sea turtle occur, and of fourteen species of seabird, eight breed, some in very large numbers. Five bird species have been introduced with unhappy results. There is now a weekly air service to Easter Island, and Dr. Harrisson, who spent eight days there early this year, urges the need for careful study of conservation problems and support for the Chilean government.

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Bustard, H. R., 1971personal comm. from A.N.U. Canberra.
Johnson, A. W., Millier, W. R. and Moffett, G., 1970, Notes on the Birds of Easter Island. Ibis, 112: 532538.
King, , Warren, B., 1967, Sea birds of the Tropical Pacific Ocean, Washington (Smithsonian Institution).
King, , Warren, B., 1971 – personal communications and identification of specimens.
Harrisson, , Tom, , 1971, field notes and photographs; specimens at Cornell University.
Pritchard, , Peter, , 1971 – personal communication as Secretary of IUCN's Marine Turtle Group.
Zuckerman, , Lord, , 1971 – personal communications.

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