A&K Philanthropy (AKP), through its luxury expedition cruising programme to Antarctica, has contributed to the successful eradication of predatory rats on the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia.
Home to penguins, elephant seals and fur seals, as well as massive permanent glaciers, South Georgia is one of the most important seabird sites on the planet, but its birds have been endangered by millions of invasive rodents, accidentally introduced by humans, which prey on the eggs and chicks of vulnerable, ground-nesting birds.
Giving its support to the South Georgia Heritage Trust, AKP made a three-year commitment to the programme which baited the rodent-infested areas of the island in a massive eradication programme that took nearly a decade.
Evidence this year indicates that South Georgia is now rat-free for the first time in two centuries, saving millions of birds and making the island a safe place for chicks to be born and reared. Thanks to supporters of the eradication efforts, like AKP, South Georgia’s native wildlife now has every opportunity to thrive.
A&K offers luxury expedition cruises to Antarctica which spend three days at South Georgia Island exploring the glacier-carved coves, observing nesting wandering albatross, vast colonies of king penguins and Southern elephant seals as well as Ernest Shackleton’s gravesite.
A&K’s 17-day Antarctica, Falkland Islands & South Georgia 2018-19
22 December 2018-7 January 2019 Family Departure which includes exciting workshops and special excursions led by A&K's highly qualified Young Explorers Guides.
Prices: From $31,730 per person twin share
Child (7-18) sharing with adult: From $16,450
A&K’s 18-day Antarctica, Falkland Islands & South Georgia 2019-20
17 December 2019–3 January 2020; 1-18 January 2020
Prices: From A$31,845 per person twin share
Child (7-18) sharing with adult: From A$16,525
Special Offer: Book early and save $5,350 per person on stateroom categories 1, 2 and 3*.
*Offer subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.