Impact of Terrestrial Invasive Grazing on Bonaire: case study

Long periods of isolation and small island size make island ecosystems highly vulnerable to degradation and invasive species are one of the most significant threats (Cronk, 1997). Due to their role as livestock, introduced species such as sheep, goats, pigs, cows and donkeys are some of the most common invasive species worldwide (Island conservation, 2015). Introduced grazing species consume island vegetation at a rate faster than it is able to regenerate, and islands with invasive grazers are characterised by few, small trees of limited species, and low grass, herb, and shrub cover (Dahlin et al., 2014).

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