July 18th, 2010
Imagine waking up on the Socotra Island and taking a good look around you [...] After a yelp of disbelief, you'd be inclined to think you were transported to another planet – or traveled to another era of Earth's history.
The second would be closer to the truth for this island, which is part of a group of 4 islands, has been geographically isolated from mainland Africa for the last 6 or 7 million years. Like the Galapagos Islands, this island is teeming with 700 extremely rare species of flora and fauna, a full 1/3 of which are endemic, i.e. found nowhere else on Earth.