East Kangaroo Island

The East Kangaroo Island, part of the Big Green Group within the Furneaux Group, is a 157-hectare (390-acre) unpopulated limestone island with granite outcrops and dolerite dykes, located in the Bass Strait, west of the Flinders Island, in Tasmania, in south-eastern Australia.[1]

East Kangaroo Island
East Kangaroo Island is located in Tasmania
East Kangaroo Island
East Kangaroo Island
Location of the East Kangaroo Island in the Bass Strait
Geography
LocationBass Strait
Coordinates40°10′48″S 147°54′00″E / 40.18000°S 147.90000°E / -40.18000; 147.90000Coordinates: 40°10′48″S 147°54′00″E / 40.18000°S 147.90000°E / -40.18000; 147.90000
ArchipelagoBig Green Group, part of the Furneaux Group
Area157 ha (390 acres)
Administration
Australia
StateTasmania
Demographics
Populationunpopulated

Prior to its declaration as the East Kangaroo Island Nature Reserve, the island was previously used to graze sheep, with overgrazing causing severe erosion.[2] The island is part of the Chalky, Big Green and Badger Island Groups Important Bird Area.[3]

FaunaEdit

Recorded breeding seabird and wader species are little penguin, short-tailed shearwater, Pacific gull, silver gull, sooty oystercatcher and crested tern. Cape Barren geese also breed on the island. Reptiles present include the metallic skink and White's skink. The only terrestrial mammal is the introduced House mouse.[2]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "East Kangaroo Island (TAS)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government.
  2. ^ a b Brothers, Nigel; Pemberton, David; Pryor, Helen; & Halley, Vanessa. (2001). Tasmania’s Offshore Islands: seabirds and other natural features. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: Hobart. ISBN 0-7246-4816-X
  3. ^ "IBA: Chalky, Big Green and Badger Island Groups". Birdata. Birds Australia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2011.