Did Guano Make The Inca The World’s First Conservationists?

Peruvian boobies (Sula variegata) roosting on Islas Ballestas, a group of small islands near the town of Paracas on the south coast of Peru. These rocky islands are an important sanctuary for marine fauna and seabirds like the Guanay cormorant (Leucocarbo bougainvillii) or β€œguano bird” and the Peruvian booby. (CC0 via Max Pixel)

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