Christmas Island National Park, Christmas Island

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Christmas Island National Park is a national park occupying most of Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean southwest of Indonesia. The park is home to many species of animal and plant life, including the eponymous red crab, whose annual migration sees around 100 million crabs move to the sea to spawn. Christmas Island is the only nesting place for the endangered Abbott's booby and critically endangered Christmas Island frigatebird, and the wide range of other endemic species makes the island of significant interest to the scientific community.HistoryConcerns were expressed in the early 1970s about the effect of phosphate mining on the flora and fauna of Christmas Island. A particular focus was on the habitat of Abbott's booby (Papasula abbotti), which appeared in danger of extinction. In 1974 a governmental committee examined the environmental impact of mining and other commercial activities and advised on measures to protect the island. The committee's recommendation that an area of the island be set aside for conservation was implemented in a series of measures culminating in the establishment of the Christmas Island National Park on 21 February 1980 under the terms of the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act 1975.
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  • Christmas Island and the National Park are awesome for all photographers and tourists who like to get off the beaten track, and don't mind a few (well heaps of...) crabs and birds, oh and lots of mosq...  more »
  • Most of where you walk on this island is in the national park, and in general it is looked after however I see signs of that dropping off with the board walk to Dolly Beach needing repair before someo...  more »
  • I was at Christmas Island in July 2016. I enjoyed Margaret Knoll and Territory Day Park the best. The walk to Hugh's Dale Waterfall is interesting - especially if you haven't got a 4WD to get there wi...  more »
  • Trees are everywhere except the ugly scars from phosphate mining. All the mine leases should go into National Park as well. Would be perfect if they had saved the Pippistrel Bat. Extinction occurred here about 2007. Now there is a captive breeding program for critically endangered endemic lizards.... Well done. Just in the nick of time. None now exist in the wild.
  • Amazing place.. next i'll comeback there...
  • I'm think perfect for honeymoon
  • It like it because it is full of trees.
  • Wow whatz a wonderfull crabs island isn't it?!?!?!

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