Easter Sunday - a family holiday, full of love and surprises. The famous egg hunts and candies are the main reasons why kids love, love, love Easter!
But did you know that there is a place called Easter Island?
No… the locals don’t celebrate Easter every day. It is said that, in the early 18th century, a Dutch explorer, Jacob Roggeveen, discovered this lonely island on the 5th April 1722. Coincidently, it was Easter Sunday. So, in honor of the day, he named it Easter Island.
This remote island belongs to Chile, also known as Rapa Nui.
The island is most famous for its incredible gigantic head statues called Moai.
Being one of the most isolated islands on Earth, there are not many animals in the wild. Most of the native life is long gone. The common animals we can find are sheep, goats and huge amount of horses!
There are about 6,000 horse species that roams freely around the island.
In fact, you can find more horses than humans in Easter Island!
So, what do the islanders eat?
It was known that... they eat rats!
Rat meat was part of their delicious meal! Although surrounded by the sea, it wasn't easy for them to fish. Due to the high cliffs and reefs, it was easier for them to catch a rat then to hook a fish.
Just like any other island, Easter Island was once covered with millions of palm trees. As the tribe was obsessed on building canoes and huge statues, they carelessly chopped down most of the trees.
Without the trees, the land began to erode and that made the crops impossible to grow.
The island is now totally covered with grass, ferns and moss gardens. Today, there are only 31 wild flowering plants found.
So, what can we all learn from the history of this island?
We learn that trees contribute a lot of factors on our quality of life. It brings a balance of natural elements and wildlife habitats to our planet.
We can all do our part!
Be kind to the environment and save the trees. We take care of the trees and they will take care of us!
Make a difference. Share your story or a photo with us below on how you contribute to the animal habitat #Animalfunfacts!
Let’s explore the world together and learn more about how animals live!