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BIODIVERSITYAmazing Wildlife from the World’s Most Secluded Islands

Maureen SantosMarch 25, 20194438 min

There are approximately 1 to 2 million animal species on Earth. As estimated by scientists, 86% of land creatures and 91% of sea creatures have not yet been discovered.

Humans share the world with wildlife. However, the animals’ population is in crisis because of our own misdeeds. First, we damage and destroy their natural habitat. Second, they are being exploited in ways that are unjustifiable such as poaching and trafficking.

If these unacceptable practices are not to be curbed, it will not take long for these animals to be wiped out from the face of the planet. Getting to know more about them and their ways of life could help save them from extinction.

There is still wildlife yet to be discovered from the most remote parts of the world. Aside from the ones found in wildlife safaris, those that exist in the most remote areas are also guaranteed to mesmerize you with their majestic beauty

Kodiak Island, Alaska

Kodiak Island is America’s second biggest island and accommodates 3,500 brown bears. Male brown bears usually weigh 800 lbs and stand 10 feet tall. The island’s 1.9-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge boasts of varied terrains shifting from snow-covered peaks and alpine meadows to marshlands.

Kodiak Bear with salmon at Frazer Fish Pass on Kodiak Island. (WikimediaCommons/Wilker, Greg)

There are no roads in the sanctuary and you can spot bears everywhere. Other wildlife that can be seen include bison, caribou herds, deer, elks, and mountain goats.

Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico

The island lies 250 nautical miles south of Baja California Sur. Revillagigedo National Park is called the “Galápagos of Mexico.” It is the only completely protected marine reserve in North America and a UNESCO Heritage site.

Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico (WikimediaCommons/Presidencia de la República Mexicana)

The national reserve houses different species of fish where 26 out of 366 cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

St. Kilda, Scotland

Off the west coast of Scotland is where St. Kilda can be found. The small volcanic archipelago includes uninhabited islands of Boreray, Dun, Hirta, and Soay. The favorable climate has attracted vast colonies of sea birds such as puffins, fulmars, and northern gannets. It is considered the biggest seabird colony in the northeast Atlantic that reached a million.

Fulmar Petrel of St Kilda (WikimediaCommons/Des Colhoun)

St. Kilda is Scotland’s first UNESCO World Heritage site. The place is blessed with some of the most magnificent and highest sea cliffs in Europe. There are also indications of human habitat dating 100 years ago.

Svalbard Islands, Norway

The Svalbard Nordic island lies between Norway and the North Pole. Even with howling winds, tremendous freezing temperatures, and endless nights in the winter, the place still teems with arctic wildlife.

Walrus off the coast of Phippsøya, one of the Sjuøyane islands in the most northern part of Svalbard. (WikimediaCommons/Godot13)

Animals such as walruses, foxes, reindeer, and 5 species of seals live in Svalbard Islands. About a dozen whale species frequent the marine environment including the beluga whales, minke, and narwhals. Polar bears have also been protected since 1973 with a current population of about 3,000.

Chagos Archipelago, British Indian Ocean Territory

The Chagos atolls in the Indian Ocean are about 300 miles south of Maldives. It shelters 784 species of fish like reef sharks, turtles, and the Chagos clownfish. One of the most captivating inhabitants is the giant coconut crab. It could weigh up to 8 lbs. and is known for its appetite for coconuts and nimbleness in climbing the coconut trees.

Coconut Crab from the Chagos Archipelago (WikimediaCommons/ Anne Sheppard)

Maureen Santos

She lets everyone become aware of what is happening to our beloved planet Earth and its inhabitants. She can take you beyond the space and find out how neighbor planets are doing. Moreover, she would open your eyes to the things what makes the Earth suffer including the living species and allow you to decide what you can do to help save the planet and the future generation.

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