“One of the swiftest and most profound biological catastrophes in the history of the earth.”

That’s how biologist Storrs Olson describes the stunning rate of species extinctions on islands over the past several centuries, during which 80% of all recorded extinctions happened to island species.

IslandSpecies_graph_246pxDue to their isolation and favorable climates, islands are hotbeds for biodiversity, home to an array of rare species, many of which live nowhere else in the world. This makes entire species vulnerable to relatively small, localized environmental disruptions.

But just as minor disruptions to an island’s ecosystem can have devastating consequences, island conservation can produce incredible results.

At Seacology, our projects are helping to protect some the world’s rarest species. These include…

 

 

 

 

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