15 Invasive Species That Are Taking Over Africa

By Dana Sanchez Published: December 27, 2016, 9:35 pm
invasive species taking over AfricaIndian myna in South Africa. Photo: iucngisd.or

Invasive species taking over Africa

For centuries, humans inadvertently — or intentionally — introduced alien species into new environments, sometimes with the hope of solving a problem. These acts often disrupted native ecosystems. Native to India, common mynas escaped into the wild in South Africa in 1902, growing fast ever since. Strong territorial instinct and a preference for living close to humans make the common myna an enormous urban pest. They’re known to kick other birds out of their nests in cities, which are where mynas like to live. The myna has adapted extremely well to urban environments. Its range is increasing so fast that in 2000 an international conservation commission declared it one of the world’s most invasive species. It’s one of only three birds in the top 100 species that could impact biodiversity, agriculture and human interests.

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