• Andaman & Nicobar Islands are to home to tenth of India’s fauna species and hosts 1067 endemic faunal species found nowhere else, as per the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) publication titled ‘Faunal Diversity of Biogeographic Zones: Islands of India’.
• The Andaman & Nicobar Islands comprises only 0.25 percent of India’s geographical area but is home to more than 10 percent of country’s fauna species.
• Tourism, illegal construction and mining are posing threat to the islands’ biodiversity, which is already vulnerable to volatile climatic factors.
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