Amidst the idyllic panoramas of almost godly shaped waves, surf cruises and nasi goreng orders, an ancient local culture in the Mentawai is struggling.
Islands can usually have relatively low species richness, however, other islands like Hawaii or say Madagascar are extremely rich in biodiversity. Islands are known as hotspots of native and evolutionary marvels, playing a vital role as refuges of biodiversity. Refuges that once migrated to the islands from the mainland through the vast oceans. This is considered the theory of island biogeography.
Could it be that the same theory can be applied to wildlife in the mainland? National parks and protected areas have become the islands and places of refuge for wilderness and wild animals while we are the oceans in between them?
Tony Butt the big wave surfer and ocean scholar spills the beans.
Saved from logging and farming in 1915, the Lamington National Park is the most extensive subtropical rainforest in the world. The mountain peaks, waterfalls, and cliffs present are the remains of an ancient landscape that reach back into the history of planet Earth, some 300 million years.