Agioi Theodoroi (islands)

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Agioi Theodoroi
Άγιοι Θεόδωροι
Theodorou - Kri-Kri Island.jpg
The islet of Agios Theodoros.
Agioi Theodoroi (islands) is located in Greece
Agioi Theodoroi (islands)
Geography
Coordinates 35°32′13″N 23°55′52″E / 35.537°N 23.931°E / 35.537; 23.931Coordinates: 35°32′13″N 23°55′52″E / 35.537°N 23.931°E / 35.537; 23.931
Archipelago Cretan Islands
Highest elevation 165 m (541 ft)
Country
Greece
Region Crete
Regional unit Chania
Demographics
Population 0 (as of 2001)

Agioi Theodoroi (Greek: Άγιοι Θεόδωροι) are two uninhabited islets off the coast of western Crete. One is named Agios Theodoros, also called Thodorou, and the islet a few metres further north is called Mikros Agios Theodoros ("Little Agios Theodoros").[1] Administratively, they are part of the municipality of Platanias, in Chania regional unit. Kri-kri inhabit Agios Theodoros.[1]

National park[edit]

In 1930 the municipality of Agia Marina with the cooperation of the hunting association of Chania decided to make the islands a nature reserve. It was in 1935 that Theodoros Viglis caught one male and two female Kri-kri in Samariá Gorge and released them on Agios Theodoros so that they could breed with integrity since no other goats inhabited the island. This initial small community of Kri-kri was too small to prevent inbreeding and more Kri-kri were introduced to the community.[1] The isolated community of Kri-kri at Agios Theodoros has been used to provide Kri-kri to zoos around the world.[2]

History[edit]

In 1583 the Venetians built two small fortresses on Agios Theodoros in part to prevent pirates from using the islands and in part to defend the coast of Crete.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Thodorou Islands off Platanias ExploreCrete.com
  2. ^ a b Agii Theodori KretaKultur.dk

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