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.
Due 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…
- The pygmy sloth on Panama’s Escudo de Veraguas Island
- Nesting beaches of leatherback turtles
- The silky sifaka lemur on Madagascar
- The San Salvador iguana in the Bahamas