Animal islands across the world

Posted by Imogen Searra on 8 January 2019

Planet Earth has an abundance of beautiful islands. When one thinks of an island holiday, Thailand, Mauritius, the Bahamas and the Philippines are among the images that spring to mind. There are, however, some rather unusual islands one can visit. Many holiday-makers enjoy the usual island-hopping getaways but if you want to change things up, check out these islands. They are most famous for being home to a singular species of animals…

1. Cat Island, Tashirojima, Japan

This island is home to a commune of cats, and these felines outnumber the humans here by roughly 6:1. There is a local belief that feeding stray cats will bring good fortune and wealth. Meanwhile, there are no dogs on the island at all. Ferries from Ishinomaki that run to and from the island three times a day for visitors to go and witness its uniqueness first-hand.

2. Rabbit Island, Ōkunoshima, Japan


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Another amazing Japanese island, Rabbit Island is home to an estimated 1,000 bunnies. The island is accessible from Hiroshima via ferry. It was originally used for manufacturing chemical weapons during WW1, where its rabbits were used as test subjects. Nobody knows how the population became as prolific as it is today, as American soldiers previously euthanised the animals that remained in the laboratories.

3. Seal Island, Cape Town, South Africa


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Seal Island is approximately two hectares in size and has a whopping 64,000 cape fur seal residents. The island is accessible by multiple charter services from the Hout Bay harbour as well as from the Simon’s Town harbour. Due to the high seal population, great white sharks are often spotted hunting the sea mammals throughout the year, but a sighting on a boat trip is not guaranteed.

4. Monkey Island, Cayo Santiago, Puerto Rico

Another island with a history engrained in scientific research, Monkey Island is home to 1,200 Rhesus monkeys. The original troop was brought to the island from India and today, its descendants roam freely over the land mass. Monkey island is not open for daily tours but those interested in seeing this spectacular site are welcome to kayak closely to the coast where the waters are shallow.

5. Snake Island, Ilha de Queimada Grande, Brazil


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Ilha da Queimada Grande, Brazil. Also known as snake island. First Hidden somewhere off the coast of Brazil, this island is widely recognized as the most dangerous place on the planet. The reason for this is quite simple — this place is full of one of the most venomous snakes in the world, Bothrops. Researchers estimate that about five snakes per square meter live on the island. There are several stories of people succumbing to the deadly predators in no time at all. One of these stories recalls a lighthouse keeper who was attacked by the snakes and died. Snake Island’s lighthouse has been automated ever since that fatality, and the Brazilian government has prohibited any visitors from setting foot there. #brazil #ilhadaqueimadagrande

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Snake Island is the only home for the critically endangered golden lancehead pit viper. The island is roughly 430,000 square meters large and has a snake population of between 2,000 and 4,000. The resident species is one of the world’s deadliest species of snakes, and as a result visitors are forbidden from setting foot on the island.

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