The Loloata Island is situated just off the National Capital District of Papua New Guinea, south of Port Moresby and it only takes 10-20min with boat from Port Moresby. This Island is mainly a destination for scuba divers and birdwatchers, but with a hotell resort and thanks to its close proximity to Port Moresby its a perfect place to stay at if which plan to spend a few days in Port Moresby, the hotell resort on Loloata is much nicer than the hotells located inside Port Moresby, and the scenery in the mornings and evenings is just breathtaking. They owners of the hotell resort mantain a small collection of native fauna, a number of aviaries and iron cages has been built on the Island, the condition of the animals in the collection is however not the best and it is acctually quite a sad sight. Though, as they keep a number of species which is rarely kept in captivity it is worth a short visit, they keep a large number of New Guinea Eclectus Parrots (E. r. polychloros) as well as smaller numbers of Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo (C. g. triton), Black-capped Lory (L. lory), Rainbow Lorikeets (T. haematodus) and Red-cheeked Parrot (G. g. aruensis). They also keep a lonely Doria's Tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus d. dorianus) in a iron cage, which originate from one of the Botanical Gardens on the mainland. The most interesting feature of this Island is however not the caged collection but the number of species which has established feral populations on Loloata Island, the Grey Dorcopsis (D. luctuosa) has succesfully established a breeding population which has become tame and very easy to encounter, unlike on the close by mainland where it occur naturally but is very difficult to find. There is also a introduced population of Victoria Crowned Pigeon (G. victoria) roaming free on Loloata and also these are tame and easy to get close to, they do breed but becuase of introduced cats they do breed quite irregulary. The Victoria Crowned Pigeon is not native to this part of New Guinea (but the southern Crowned Pigeon is) so the founders of this population must originate from one of the many Botanical Gardens (several succesfully keeping G. victoria) on the Papuan mainland. There used to be some immature Cassowaries (southern I imagine) roaming around on this Island but I guess the owners realized that it was not ideal to mix cassowaries with hotell visitors. In some of the few patches of forest on Loloata it is possible to encounter the Common Spotted Cuscus (S. maculatus) which also has been introduced to the Island. Though these are few in numbers and I dont believe that they have produced any off-spring in the last couple of years. In addition to these introduced populations of mammals and birds there is a rich, natural birdlife on this relatively small Island with Silver Gulls and several species of Tern being present almost year around, there is usually a fair number of shorebirds present on the Island, which Whimbrel being one of the most fascinating ones. Other animals present is dolphins which is present in the waters around the Island pretty much all day long. Apart from this there is amazing scuba diving possibilities. A small Island which has suprisingly much to offer.