SIF’s Aldabra Scientific Coordinator April Burt collected 5 fascinating facts about the Aldabra atoll in a recent article of the Seychelles News Agency (from today, 4th August, 2016).
1. The atoll is considered one of the most biologically diverse and undisturbed raised coral atolls in the world. Aldabra is home for more than 400 endemic species and subspecies (including vertebrates, invertebrates and plants).
2. In the 1960s, Aldabra just escaped to become a British Air Force base and a radio relay station. Luckily the conservation efforts won after the discussion generated by the scientific community (which gained the name "Aldabra Affair").
3. Mahé, could fit inside the large lagoon of the atoll.
4. However by 1900, the Aldabra giant tortoises on the atoll had been hunted almost to extinction, today it boasts the largest population of these ancient reptiles.
5. It has one of the only two known oceanic breeding sites of greater flamingos in the world. The uneven surface of the atoll's limestone links to the tidal channels, allowing water to filter in and creating pools. The area is a perfect habitat for marine invertebrates (crabs and shrimps), and for that reason also for Greater Flamingos, feeding on them.