Aldabra Island xeric scrub

WWF Abstract

Often called the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean, Aldabra Island is one of the few areas in the world where a slow reptile, the giant tortoise, is the dominant land animal. With about 152,000 individuals, Aldabra has the largest population of these giant tortoises in the world. WhatÂ’s more, this ecoregion is home to the very last known population of flightless birds in the western Indian Ocean, and it provides valuable breeding areas for both marine turtles and seabirds. This ecoregion is also an important refuge for the coconut crab and a vital stronghold for the remaining 100 to 250 pairs of Madagascar sacred ibis. One-fifth of the flowering plants here are endemic.
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Biome:Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Area:63,998 acres (25,899 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
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Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06