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Wonders of the Bounty Islands

Erect-crested penguin shown in the forefront, yellow-eyed penguin in the background. Bounty Islands.
Erect-crested penguin shown in the forefront, yellow-eyed penguin in the background. / J.G.Keulemans, from W.L. Buller’s A History of the Birds of New Zealand. The second edition. Published 1888.

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Bounty Islands are a group of small granite islands 660 km south east from the South Island, New Zealand.

Thus Bounty Islands themselves represent a landmark – unique ecosystem.

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Biological wonders

Bounty Islands ecosystem

In spite of their small size (largest island is 700 m across and total area of islands is 135 ha) on these barren cliffs live several endemic animals – birds, spiders, beetles and other insects. Here live up to 115,000 pairs of erect-crested penguins (Eudyptes sclateri) and 60,000 Salvin’s Albatrosses (Thalassarche salvini).

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