–Mark Bekoff, University of Colorado, author of “The Emotional Lives of Animals,” and “The Animal Manifesto.”Read More
Rat Island is a tundra-covered mass of volcanic rock midway between Alaska and Siberia. It is the site of a pivotal battle to resurrect the multitudes of seabirds that have been massacred by a plague of invading rats.
Rat Island is also a metaphor, for an offshore world under siege by aliens—by rats and cats and foxes, goats and pigs, mongooses and snakes—predators of defenseless prey, destroyers of fragile habitats, ferried to the farthest reaches of the oceanic archipelago during the human settlement of the globe. These are the targets of a global island campaign headed by an unlikely alliance of conservation scientists and professional killers, who have come to defend some of the most endangered species and spectacular gatherings of wildlife on the planet—by killing their enemies wholesale.
Will Stolzenburg has written hundreds of magazine articles about the science and spirit of saving wild creatures. A 2010 Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellow, he is also the author of the book Where the Wild Things Were and the screenwriter for the documentary Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators.