I’ve always been fascinated by efforts to eradicate invasive species. There’s something exceedingly human about these attempts to rewind history. They reveal our ambition (we’re going to kill every rat on this island), our ingenuity (we’ll use this sterilized goat as a spy), our stupidity (we’re the ones who brought the invasive species in the first place), and our bloodlust (we’re going to kill every rat on this island). In the November/December issue of AFAR, you can read Ethan Todras-Whitehill’s story about his adventures in helping to rebuild the kakapo parrot population on Codfish Island in New Zealand, a place where invasive species have wreaked havoc. It’s a funny story—the kakapo is exceptionally sex-crazed, as you’ll see in the video below. And it also gives you hope that maybe we can undo some of the damage we’ve done, as long as enough of us are inspired to take on such Quixotic quests. Here are a couple more recent success stories in Palau and New Caledonia.

Photo courtesy of belgianchocolate via Creative Commons.