Christmas Island

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This gorgeous card is now part of my collection thanks to Christmas Island Tourism Association. (You should also visit their Facebook page.) 😀

The Territory of Christmas Island is a territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean. It has a population of 2,072 residents who live in a number of “Settlement areas” on the northern tip of the island: Flying Fish Cove (also known as Kampong), Silver City, Poon Saan, and Drumsite. It is called Christmas Island because it was discovered on Christmas Day.

The island’s geographic isolation and history of minimal human disturbance has led to a high level of endemism among its flora and fauna. 63% of its 135 square kilometres is an Australian national park. There exist large areas of primary monsoonal forest.

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I absolutely love how the Christmas Island postmark has a huge crab on it! 😀

The Christmas Island red crab, Gecarcoidea natalis, is a species of land crab that is endemic to Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the Indian Ocean. Although restricted to a relatively small area, it has been estimated that 43.7 million adult red crabs lived on Christmas Island alone, but the accidental introduction of the yellow crazy ant is believed to have killed about 10–15 million of these in recent years. Christmas Island red crabs are well known for their annual mass migration to the sea to lay their eggs in the ocean.

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