Seabird Rookery Proposed as National Park

Subject: Seabird Rookery Proposed as National Park
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 95 13:00:35 +1000
Major Seabird Rookery Proposed as National Park

Comments Sought


North Keeling Island,  part of Australia's Territory of the Cocos (Keeling) 
Islands has 
been proposed as a National Park by the Australian Government.  The Cocos 
(Keeling) Islands (Lat 12.5 S, Lon 96.5) are a group of 27 islands in the 
Indian Ocean.  The southern inhabited atoll is a ring of 26 islands surrounding 
lagoon.  North Keeling Island,  24km to the north of the main atoll is 

Since their first occupation in 1826,  the islands were used as a coconut 
North Keeling Island is the only island retaining its natural vegetation and 
the only 
island left in the group on which seabirds nest.  It is one of the few islands 
left in the 
world that has not been colonised by rats or mice.

North Keeling (2.5 km long,  1.5km wide) is home to approximately 50,000 Red 
Footed Boobies,  several thousand Greater and Lesser Frigatebirds,  as well as 
White Terns,  Noddy Terns,  Sooty Terns,  Masked Boobies,  Brown Boobies,  
White and Red Tailed Tropic birds and an endemic  Buff Banded Rail.

The Australian Government has proposed that the Island should become a National 
Park and is seeking public comment on this proposal.  Comments should be sent 

        Hilary Sullivan
        Project Officer
        Australian Nature Conservation Agency
        GPO Box 636
        Canberra  ACT  2601
        Phone (61) (06) 2500 350           (GMT +11 hrs)
        Fax      (61) (06) 2500 399

by 15 November 1995

For further information contact

         Jeff Tranter
         Government Conservator
          Australian Nature Conservation Agency
         Cocos (Keeling) Islands
          Indian Ocean,  6799

          Phone (61) (091) 62 6678        (GMT + 6.5 hrs)
          Fax     (61) (091) 62 6680


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